Edgar Wright has been hired by Disney to develop and direct The Night Stalker based upon the 70s tv series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The series centered on a journalist who solved crimes involving the supernatural. Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil is producing the project with Depp looking to star as the titular character, originally portrayed by the late Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story).
I’m totally behind Wright directing the film as I think he could do something really fun with it. Even with Disney’s PG-13 mandate, I have no doubt that Wright will be capable of pulling off something worth watching. I know that he has a couple projects in the works, such as At World’s End, which would have him re-teaming with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz alums Simon Pegg and Nick Frost , and Marvel’s Ant-Man, which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). It’s not known which project will be next for Wright but I’d honestly be happy with any of these, though I’m actually really interested in seeing what he will do in the Marvel sandbox.
Johnny Depp is an actor that I can’t say I’m excited by always. He’s talented, though slightly overrated at times, and his filmography of late has been a little boring with the Pirates franchise and recent Tim Burton films (I haven’t seen The Rum Diary yet). That being said, the combination of Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp is something that has never crossed my mind before and I’m actually intrigued by what an Edgar Wright directed Depp would be like. Plus, it seems that Depp is very passionate about his love for Kolchak and that is something I can get behind.
I’m not really all that familiar with the Kolchak TV movies/series but it definitely sounds like something I would have enjoyed had I grown up during the mid 70s. The series featured vampires, werewolves, zombies and mummies, all things that appeal to my love of the horror genre. While the series may not have lasted long, Kolchak was popular in syndication and is credited as the inspiration for The X-Files. Perhaps before Edgar Wright puts his version out in theaters, I will have to check out a few episodes of the original series.