the night stalker

Edgar Wright has joined Johnny Depp and is now attached to direct Walt Disney Pictures’ big-screen version of  “The Night Stalker“. There is no writer currently attached to “The Night Stalker“, but that should change in the very near future.

The Night Stalker originally aired as a TV movie in 1972 and featured Darren McGavin as a Carl Kolchak, a reporter who, while tracking down a serial killer, finds that he’s really going toe-to-toe with a vampire. A sequel, The Night Strangler, aired in 1973 with a television series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” airing the following year. While the “Night Stalker” of the title referred to the Vampire, the term became associated with Darren McGavin’s character instead.

Wright is best known as the man behind films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Most recently, he was one of the writers on The Adventures of Tintin and has been working on drafting Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and his next collaboration with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, “The World’s End.”

“The Night Stalker” was one of those television shows that really became an underground sensation when it went to reruns. That show scared the bejesus out of my much younger self. The monsters were pretty cheesy, but that show had a real way of using shadows and sound to scare the crap out of you. Most of the episodes you never really saw more than the shadow or burned remains of the monster.

Any Night Stalker fans out there? Not that remake they tried on TV a couple of years ago, but the original?

Johnny Depp Sets Up ‘Night Stalker’ at Disney

(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.

source: Hitfix