Johnny Depp wanted for Carter Beats the Devil adaptation

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Based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name, this supernatural dramedy film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as a 200-year-old vampire by the name of Barnabas Collins. After being imprisoned in an underground tomb, Collins is accidentally freed and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas' cousin and the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.
June 29th, 2011

Johnny Depp is being pursued for the lead role in 'Carter Beats the Devil'.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star is wanted by studio Warner Bros for the adaptation of the 2002 novel by Glen David Gold to play the part of Charles Carter, a magician who is working on his grandest illusion and stages a sawing in half of 1920s US president Warren G. Harding, only for him to die shortly afterwards.

It is not the first time work has begun on the project - Tom Cruise once tried developing it shortly after its publication but it was eventually dropped.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the studio is also looking for directors and has put the word out to three large Hollywood agencies.

Johnny, 48, has a number of films coming up for release in the next two years - he is currently filming roles in both '21 Jump Street' and 'Dark Shadows' and he will appear as Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger' in 2012.