Fans of both director Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD) and Johnny Depp (DARK SHADOWS) are waking up to some great news. According to Deadline, Disney is setting Edgar Wright to direct THE NIGHT STALKER, the remake of the ABC telepic and series that the studio is developing as a potential star vehicle for Johnny Depp to play intrepid tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak. Depp – along with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski – will be wearing two hats, producing the pic as well.
Wright was hired before the studio has tapped a writer for the project, and he will oversee and shape the project with Depp and Dembrowski from the ground floor.
As Deadline revealed, the film took root at the studio last summer, borne out of Depp and Dembrowski’s fond memories of the original 70’s movie and series that starred Darren McGavin. He covered crime for a tabloid and his cases always led to supernatural perpetrators that included zombies, vampires, werewolves and aliens. Of course, neither his editor nor anyone else would believe him or allow him to run what seemed like outrageous stories. But Kolchak would put himself in grave danger each episode.
It’s also being said the film’s subject matter will be tailored to fit Disney’s family film mandate which will result in a PG-13 rating. Really?! It’s hard to think of zombies, vampires, and werewolves as “family friendly” material that will also satiate the discerning tastes of fans of those film genres. Regardless, we are super excited about this creative mashup.
THE NIGHT STALKER was one of two films that Depp has set at the studio. The other was a drama about the Midnight Ride made by Paul Revere to warn Colonial militia of the impending British invasion that made him a seminal figure in the American Revolutionary War.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited to see what this super-team can create? We certainly are!