Director Edgar Wright has joined Johnny Depp for the Night Stalker remake. Wright will direct and co-develop the film with Depp and an eventual writer. The brit director is probably best known for his work on Scott Pilgrim and Shaun of the Dead. He’s also tied to Marvel’s Ant-Man project and the end of the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, so Mr. Wright is a busy fellow.
So, why Night Stalker? Apparently Johnny Depp and his producing partner, Christi Dembrowski, both grew up with the original and apparently that is all it takes. To be fair films with a supernatural bend aren’t exactly box office wallflowers, so it is sort of understandable.
The original premiered in 1972 and starred Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak. Kolchak was a Las Vegas newspaper reporter who investigates the murder of a possible vampire.
In 1974 Kolchak moved to Chicago (and a regular series) to continue investigating the supernatural. The series only lasted one season, but was revamped in 2005. This time with Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned) as the star.
Not sure how well a twice failed television series will turn out as a movie, but with Depp’s record the chances look pretty good. Also, what’s with Johnny Depp and TV remakes lately? Dark Shadows, a cameo in 21 Jump Street, and now this.
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Written by Tiffany Brown (@Angelized_1st)
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