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by petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
at July 16th, 2010 (04:00 am)

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' author will write a 'Dark Shadows' remake for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

by Darren Franich

In news guaranteed to satisfy a unique coalition of vampire obsessives, soap opera devotees, and Jane Austen lovers, Warner Bros. has put the long-discussed remake of Dark Shadows on the fast track with the hiring of a new screenwriter. According to Variety, Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will work on a new adaptation of the 1966-1971 supernatural soap. Tim Burton will direct Johnny Depp for the millionth eighth time.
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I haven’t watched very much of Dark Shadows, but from what little I remember about tuning into reruns of the show on the network formally known as the Sci-Fi Channel, the vampire melodrama was played pretty straight. Between Burton, Depp, and Grahame-Smith, you have to figure that the movie version will lean in a slightly more absurdist direction. Just imagine what sort of exciting new accent Depp will invent to play lead vamp Barnabas Collins!

Are you excited about this news, PopWatchers? Is this one vampire film too many, or do you think that this creative team will inject a little life into the genre?

http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/07/15/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-author-will-write-a-dark-shadows-remake-for-johnny-depp-and-tim-burton/

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Posted by: lucidscreamer (lucidscreamer)
Posted at: July 16th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)

... o_O

I loved Dark Shadows when I was a kid. Not feeling any anticipation for this remake, especially with this latest news. The original was campy, but not because they were trying to be campy. It was more a factor of the limited budget and rush to produce five new episodes a week. And taping more-or-less live. If they try to deliberately camp it up... Ugh.

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