Once he's finished filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it looks like Johnny Depp is going to put away his eyeliner and pirate duds for fangs and a cape.
The actor's next project is Dark Shadows, which will reteam him with director and longtime collaborator Tim Burton on an update of the classic Gothic soap opera that aired on NBC's daytime schedule from 1966 to 1971. Depp will play Barnabas Collins, the undead ancestor of the Collins family, who haunts their manor in Maine looking for his lost love.
There's no word yet on who else will be cast in the film or how closely it will stick to the canon of the original series. Jonathan Frid became a star playing the original Barnabas, while Ben Cross took on the role in a short-lived 1991 revival that aired on NBC (in prime time) for just two months. A pilot with an all-new cast was shot in 2004 for yet another revival of the series, but it failed to get picked up.
The original show yielded two theatrical movies of its own, 1970's House of Dark Shadows and 1971's Night of Dark Shadows.
The new Dark Shadows has been in development for three years, with Depp saying that playing Barnabas was a "childhood dream." The movie, which starts production in April, will be his eighth collaboration with Burton. We can hear that ghostly Danny Elfman opening music already ...
(via The Hollywood Reporter)