Director Edgar Wright has just signed on to helm the Night Stalker remake, in which Johnny Depp (who will co-develop the film with Wright) will star as the famed investigative reporter of the supernatural, Carl Kochak. Now this is the kind of announcement that's bound to inspire just as many cheers as jeers. The latter coming from the crowd who grew up in the '70s, when the character, personified by Darren McGavin, appeared in two Richard Matheson-scripted TV movies (The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler) and a twenty-episode TV spin-off series (Kolchak: The Night Stalker). Because despite the over-the-top premise of a journalist who serves as a lighning rod for paranormal menaces, the tone of the Kolchak tales, at least in the TV movies, was played more-or-less straight. Which isn't exactly what Wright and Depp are known for. More after the jump.
Breaking the Night Stalker news, Deadline reports that "Depp and his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski will produce... Wright, best known for directing Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, comes aboard before the studio has set a writer, 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 70s 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. David Kennedy will be exec producer of the film."