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Johnny Depp teams up with Tim Burton for 'Dark Shadows' remake; film nabs popular writer

07/17/2010 by Kristina Lopez

Johnny Depp teams up with Tim Burton for 'Dark Shadows' remake; film nabs popular writer

Johnny Depp is re-teaming with longtime collaborator Tim Burton for a remake of the ABC vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. The film project, which has been on Depp's plate since 2007, has finally found a scribe - signing on "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" writer Seth Grahame-Smith reports Variety.

Grahame-Smith is also set to pen another script for Burton based off his own novel "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Dark Shadows aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971 and Depp has often admitted in interviews that he was obsessed with the show as a child and dreamed of playing central vampire figure Barnabas Collins.

If the movie makes it to the silver screen, it will be Depp and Burton's eighth film together with their most recent being 2010's Alice in Wonderland.

Depp is currently filming the fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which will be released on May 20, 2011 and in 3D. Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz will play Sparrow's love interest and the daughter of the pirate Blackbeard, portrayed by Ian McShane of Deadwoodfame stars. The movie also stars Kevin R. McNally as Sparrow's comrade Joshamee Gibbs and Sam Claflin as a "stalwart missionary".

"In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, and hes not sure if its loveor if shes a ruthless con artist whos using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth," Walt Disney Pictures said in its statement.

"When she forces him aboard the Queen Annes Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesnt know who to fear more - Blackbeard or the woman from his past," it said.

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