I loved the spooky soap opera, Dark Shadows when I was a kid. My mom used to watch it and that made me lucky, because it meant I could catch an episode every now and again. Vampires, ghosts, witches, mortals and time travel, what more do you need to make a great story line? Especially for a cheesy soap opera! Maybe I would still watch soaps today if they had some of this “reality” going on.
I am anxiously awaiting Tim Burton’s rendition of the 1960’s soap opera….as a movie. It is set to release May 11, 2012 according to reports. And “Guess Who” is going to play Barnabas Collins? None other than my most favorite actor and handsome gentleman, Johnny Depp!
Apparently Johnny and Tim both loved Dark Shadows when they were kids too! (Great minds think alike I always say.) An article I read recently in Entertainment Weekly said that they both would race home after school, Tim in Florida, Johnny in Burbank, to watch Dark Shadows that aired from 1966 until the early 70’s. Depp enjoyed the show so much he wanted to make the series into a movie for some time and finally convinced Warner Bros. to obtain the rights to the show and produced it himself. In past productions it was Tim approaching Johnny, but in this case it was Johnny who sought out Tim to work hand in hand on the project. They are shooting right now in London. Look how time travel brought Johnny and Tim together years later. Spooky!
I am curious if any of my readers ever watched Dark Shadows back in the day. And do you think that Burton’s and Depp’s, Dark Shadows will drive a sharp wooden stake through the pale heart of Twilight?