Peanut butter and chocolate. Smoking jackets and elderly playboys. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. What do these pairs have in common? Each half goes so well and so often with its companion that their combination seems not only natural, but expected. Add the pairing of "vampires and soap operas" to that list as Depp and Burton team up once again, this time to bring Dark Shadows to the big screen, according to a report at IESB.
Long before there were witches and floating heads on the campy Passions, long before Marlena's hi-larious possession by the devil on Days of Our Lives, Dark Shadows brought supernatural storylines to daytime TV. Vampires, werewolves, and ghosts were as common a sight on the series that ran from 1966 to 1971 as the waxed chests and collagen injections of today's soaps. (The gothic sudser was also unearthed briefly as a nighttime drama in 1991, but after just a handful of episodes disappeared quicker than a vampire at sunrise.) A feature film adaptation has been rumored for some time, but with it now being in development at Depp's own production company and Tim Burton attached to direct, it's all but guaranteed to finally hit the big screen.
No cast has been announce at this point, but Johnny Depp has mentioned in the past that it was his childhood dream to be Barnabas Collins, the soap's lead character and ultimate broody vampire. He was a fan, he says, of the "super-mysterious" Barnabas, who sported a "really weird hairdo and [a] wolf's-head cane." Depp himself is no stranger to really weird hairdos, having donned them for several of Burton's past projects, most notably Edward Scissorhands. Dark Shadows will mark the seventh Depp-Burton collabo.