Dark Shadows, Burton and Depp's eighth project together, is based on the supernatural '60s TV series involving vampires, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. Depp will take on the role of Barnabas Collins, a vampire originally played by Jonathan Frid.
Burton has also hired Seth Graham-Smith to retool John August's script. Graham-Smith is the author of several novels taking historical or literary icons and placing them in a horror context.
Movies based on his books Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (produced by Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov) and Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (starring Natalie Portman) are currently in the works.