Deadline reports that Dark Shadows will begin filming in January 2011. The film also has a new screenwriter: Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith is replacing regular Burton scribe John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride). Grahame-Smith is best known for the macabre novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which will be adapted into a film starring Natalie Portman.
Dark Shadows marks the second collaboration for Tim Burton and Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith will also be writing the screenplay for the cinematic adaptation of his novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Burton is producing.
Dark Shadows will be based upon the gothic 1960s soap opera of the same name. It will star Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins. Depp, a major fan of the original television series, is also producing the film.