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    Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'

    Graham King to produce Warner feature

    Johnny Depp


    Johnny Depp is looking to bite into the Jonathan Frid-originated
    character Barnabas Collins of 'Dark Shadows.'

    By Michael Fleming
    July 27, 2007

    Johnny Depp is getting in touch with his inner vampire.

    Warner Bros. is teaming with Depp's Infinitum-Nihil and Graham King's GK Films to develop a feature based on the '60s daytime supernatural sudser "Dark Shadows."

    Depp has said in interviews that he has always been obsessed with "Dark Shadows" and had, as a child, wanted to be Barnabas Collins, the vampire patriarch of the series. The role was originated by Jonathan Frid.

    A rights deal just closed with the estate of Dan Curtis, the producer/director who created the soap that aired weekdays on ABC, from 1966 to 1971. Depp and King will produce with David Kennedy, who ran Dan Curtis Prods. until Curtis died last year of a brain tumor. Infinitum-Nihil's Christi Dembrowski served as the point person on the deal.

    Over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. The show has a continuing rabid fan base that populates Dark Shadows Festival conventions. Numerous TV revivals of the series and pic adaptations have been attempted over the years but none with as high-wattage a star as Depp.

    Depp, who is coming off "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and who just wrapped the Tim Burton-directed "Sweeney Todd," is next expected to star in "Shantaram," a Mira Nair-directed adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that Depp, King and Plan B are producing for Warner Bros. Depp, King and WB are also mobilizing to make a film about the life of Alexander Litvinenko, with Depp poised to play the former KGB agent, who was fatally poisoned.

    Depp's 'Shantaram' to follow 'Sweeney Todd'? - 5/21/07
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'

    More exciting news, JD will once again honor his late friend:

    Depp goes Gonzo again

    Actor to star in 'The Rum Diary'


    By Diane Garrett
    July 30, 2007

    Johnny Depp will channel Hunter S. Thompson once again in Warner Independent's adaptation of "The Rum Diary."

    Thesp is producing with Graham King, who acquired rights to Thompson's novel for his GK Films shingle and Depp's Infinitum Nihil outfit. Bruce Robinson ("Withnail and I") will write and direct the adaptation, which Film Engine is also producing.

    Depp will play Paul Kemp, a freelance journo writing for a rundown newspaper in 1950s Puerto Rico and surrounded by a bunch of lost souls bent on self-destruction. The journo was 22 when he wrote the autobiographical novel and had yet to develop his trademark gonzo style.

    It was written in 1959 but not published until 1998.

    Depp previously starred in the bigscreen adaptation of Thompson's psychedelic-soaked adventures chronicled in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," published in 1972.

    Depp just finished work on "Sweeney Todd" and is expected to do "The Rum Diary" after "Shantaram," Mira Nair's adaptation of the novel about an Australian drug addict who resumes his life of crime after escaping to India.

    Infinitum and King are producing that project with Plan B.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Re: Depp lights up 'Dark Shadows'

      ORDDU: What exciting news this is! My sisters and I are avid fans of DARK SHADOWS and used to conjur it up all the time to watch inside our crystal ball. The series was already revived once before by NBC and starred Ben Cross as the second version of Barnabas Collins. Johnny Depp's version will--no doubt--be the fairest of them all!!


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