Johnny Depp joins Tim Burton again for DARK SHADOWS, shoots April 2011

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 4th, 2010

Apparently Johnny Depp has a clone, because he’s far too busy to be able to cover his ever-growing slate alone.

Well, when it comes to Tim Burton, it looks like it doesn’t matter.

According to Deadline, the actor has joined the cast of Burton’s upcoming film adaptation of the cult TV series, Dark Shadows, which is now set to shoot come April 2011. This is where things get really interesting.

For those who may not know, the actor is currently shooting the fourth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film, ON STRANGER TIDES, and is still somewhat attached to films like Emir Kusturica’s Pancho Villa film, WILD ROSES, TENDER ROSES, Universal's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, and even SLEEPING DOGS, to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow. However, he’s apparently made his decision on what film to do, because the latter two will also be shooting in early 2011.

As far as WILD ROSES, TENDER ROSES goes, the film still currently stars Salma Hayek, and since we haven’t heard a thing about the film since it was announced, I’m assuming it’s not starting any time soon, or will be moving on without Depp’s involvement. The actor also has THE RUM DIARY waiting for a release, and a Keith Richards documentary somewhere in production. Talk about a busy guy.

Apparently Mark Wahlberg is set to replace Depp in SLEEPING DOGS, so that production doesn’t seem to be slowing down, but personally, I hate this choice. I’ve been wanting Depp to leave the hands of Burton for years now, and while he’s still a great actor, I’m far more interested in him doing smaller works, something like DEAD MAN (and yes, that was years ago, I know), which he doesn’t seem interested in doing. Or at least with decisions like this, it doesn’t seem like.

What do you think?

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