(article by nerdbastards contributor Adam A. Donaldson, @adamadonaldson)
Because Johnny Depp just can’t get enough of classic TV – first signing up as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, then joining The Lone Ranger as Tonto – Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, is moving forward with a big screen remake of the 1972 TV movie The Night Stalker.
First airing in 1972, The Night Stalker featured Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak, a investigative journalist who pursues the strange and paranormal. The telefilm spawned a series called Kolchak: The Night Stalker that aired on ABC for one season in 1974. Kolchak was a heavy influence on Chris Carter when he created The X-Files, and Kolchak himself was remade, unsuccessfully, in 2005 in a series developed by X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz and starring Stuart Townsend.
The Night Stalker is one of two film projects that Depp is setting up at Disney. The other is a story about Paul Revere and his Midnight Ride, the official start of the American Revolution. But naturally, as an historical drama, this project is of no interest to nerds or nerd bastards.
No word on whether Depp will star in one, both or neither of these films, but one suspects that Depp is his own first choice for whatever role he likes in either project. In the meantime, he’ll keep busy with Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger and the Hunter S. Thompson-inspired The Rum Diary.