EXCL: John August On the Dark Shadows Movie That Never Was

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2nd) and Shock Till You Drop was offered the chance to speak to the original screenwriter of that film, John August.

August is out promoting another Burton effort, Frankenweenie, opening in theaters this Friday (October 5th), however, this writer wanted to know a bit more about his original vision of Dark Shadows before Seth Grahame-Smith came in and did a rewrite on the film.

Asked how much of his work is represented in the final cut, August told me, “Not a lot.  Dark Shadows, when it came to me, it was before Twilight had come out and before True Blood.  They said, ‘Let’s make a big gothic, vampire drama.’  I pitched that and I wrote a Godfather-like saga of the Collins family and Barnabas was at the center of it all.”

EXCL: Seth Grahame-Smith on Adapting Dark Shadows

Opening in theaters today: Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton.  On writing duties is Seth Grahame-Smith, not necessarily a newcomer to the genre, but a writer making his feature debut with this adaptation of the supernatural soap opera.

Shock first met Grahame-Smith when his book, How to Survive a Horror Movie, hit shelves.  We later crossed paths during the interview sessions for His Name Was Jason, the Friday the 13th documentary (which Grahame-Smith is all over talking about his love for the franchise).  His real success took off with the Jane Austen mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which launched not just a novel but a movie deal.

This summer, audiences get a one-two punch from him with Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of his novel, produced by Tim Burton opening June 22nd.  So, yes, we’ll be hearing much more about the writer in the coming months.  For now, we spoke to him about all things Burton/Johnny Depp.  Head inside for our chat about bringing Dark Shadows to the screen.

Listen: Dark Shadows Cast & Crew Press Conference

It’s Tim Burton week here at Shock, apparently.  Today, earlier today we offered a preview of Frankenweenie and the coverage keeps on rolling for Dark Shadows, opening in theaters this Friday.

After the jump, you can listen to the audio from a recent press press conference with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Chlo

Review: Dark Shadows

In the late 18th Century, Barnabas Collins  (Johnny Depp) spurned the love of the witch Angelique (Eva Green) who cursed him, turning him into a vampire and having him buried alive. In 1972, his coffin is found and opened and he returns to his beloved mansion Collinswood where his descendants still live and he discovers the world has changed a lot in the 200 years he was gone, although Angelique is still alive and trying to ruin the Collins

EXCL: Seth Grahame-Smith on Night of the Living Details, Unholy Night &

Writer Seth Grahame-Smith provided Shock Till You Drop with an update on his upcoming projects while promoting Dark Shadows this afternoon.  He broke it down real easy, filling us in on the priority projects that await his attention.

Surprisingly, Beetlejuice 2 is not something he’s jumping on right away.  The other day, Tim Burton told us he’s waiting on the writer’s take on the sequel.  But it appears Grahame-Smith has some other things he needs to tackle first.

“Everyone is waiting for me to get my ass in gear,” Grahame-Smith said.  “I just finished a script called Night of the Living, and I’m giving it to Tim this weekend.  And I’m moving now into adapting Unholy Night, which I have to deliver to Warner Bros.  I’ve got to do this, then I’m going around the world for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so I’ll be writing Unholy Night on the plane and in hotel rooms.”

When we last reported on Night of the Living, I speculated that the plot could be a unique twist on Night of the Living Dead, except that the humans were a threat to the zombies and not vice versa.

Jonny Lee Miller Talks Neil Jordan’s Byzantium

Making the press rounds for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Jonny Lee Miller (Dexter) talked with The Hollywood Reporter about another vampire film he’s going to appear in (let’s not forget he also co-starred in Dracula 2000): Byzantium.

Directed by Neil Jordan the film stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.  Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a

New Dark Shadows Featurette Looks at a Strange Family

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows has given birth to a new web featurette, this one entitled “Strange Family.” Head inside for this latest preview of the May 11th release which is based on the popular supernatural television soap opera.  Johnny Depp leads the cast as the vampire Barnabas Collins.  I’m curious, how many of you are excited for the film?  It’s hard to judge the advance vibe…

Watch Nine Clips from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Nine clips from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows have been exhumed, giving you a better look at this adaptation arriving on May 11th.

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath star.  We’ll cut this intro short so you can jump right to the clips.  

Head inside for a look!

20 New Images from Dark Shadows Are Here

Warner Bros. has passed along 20 new pics – in addition to the batch we already have – from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, opening May 11th.  Inside, you’ll get a preview pic that grants you access to our full gallery which includes a few behind-the-scenes photos.

Watch a New 60-second TV Spot from Dark Shadows

Warner Bros. Pictures has already released a fifth TV spot for director Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, hitting theaters on May 11th.

Based on the ABC series that aired from 1966 to 1971, the film stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz and Gulliver McGrath.