Dark Shadows Under Depp’s Eyes

Warner Bros. Pictures, Infinitum-Nihil and GK Films are teaming to develop a feature based on the ’60s daytime supernatural soap “Dark Shadows” reports Variety.

A rights deal just closed with the estate of Dan Curtis, the producer/director who created the soap which ran from 1966 to 1971 and went for over 1,225 episodes.

The 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, most notably a failed pilot for The WB by Aussie helmer PJ Hogan a few years ago.

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.