Dark Shadows Movie Gets New Screenwriter
Having turned Abraham Lincoln into a vampire hunter, writer Seth Grahame-Smith has now taken on the task of turning Johnny Depp into vampire Barnabas Collins as he writes the new draft of the screenplay for the big screen Dark Shadows, which begins production this January.
As reported by Deadline.com, "Warner Bros has been trying for several years to get to the starting line on the movie adaptation of the TV series that ran on ABC from 1966-71 and had legions of fans frightened by the moody and atmospheric storyline. Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) was the central figure in the groundbreaking supernatural soap. As for Tim Burton's version, John August was the first writer hired to script the project, based on the Dan Curtis-created characters. Grahame-Smith will be writing a new take under Burton. He got the job on the basis of his own bestselling novel, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bought that project out of their own money as producers, and I hear that Bekmambetov is likely to make the film his next directing effort.