Depp Sinks His Teath in Dark Shadows Role

Johnny Depp will be adding the role of famous bloodsucker Barnabas Collins to his growing list of oddball/creepy/crazy screen portrayals. Todays’ Daily Variety reports that Warner Bros. is joining forces with the actor’s Infinitim-Nihil production outfit and Graham King’s GK Films to develop a big-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows, the supernatural daytime soap that ran from 1966 thru 1971 on ABC.

Depp, who will follow his Captain Jack Sparrow role in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy this winter by portraying the Demon Barber in frequent collaborator Tim Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd, has been a long time fan of Dark Shadows, and has reportedly wanted to play Barnabas (originated by actor Jonathan Frid) since he was a kid. The show was created by Dan Curtis. Depp and King will produce the film with David Kennedy, who ran Dan Curtis Prods. until Curtis died last year of a brain tumor.

Depp, who also starred in Burton’s Corpse Bride in 2005, will follow Sweeney Todd with Warner Bros.’ Shantaram, a feature based on the novel by Gregory David Roberts, which follows the life story of an Australian-born heroin addict who reinvents himself as a doctor in the slumbs of Bombay and partners with a mob boss in Afghanistan.