The Night Stalker to Write Again!

Johnny Depp will soon be stepping into the shoes of the supernatural sleuth, Carl Kolchak, in Disney’s reboot of The Night Stalker. The film has just scored director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), to help bring the dark and dangerous world to life.

Deadline reports that Wright has signed onto the project, produced by Depp and his Infinitum Nihil partner, Christi Dembroski, before Disney has hired a writer for the script. The idea for a remake of the ABC film and series came from a meeting between Depp and Dembroski where the pair shared their passion for the project. Along with Depp and his partner, Wright will create the structure of the story from the ground up, having creative control over how to present their version of the film.

The film will also be made to fit Disney’s standards, most likely resulting with a PG-13 rating. Ugh, that kind of stinks because Wright and Depp totally could have made this version of Kolchak much more dark and adult. However, I have faith that they can pull the film off without making it too toned down for the kiddies.

Darren McGavin starred in the 1974 television series about a Chicago news reporter who investigated suspicious crimes that usually involved supernatural forces. The series also included two TV movies; The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler. The series was then resurrected in 2005 and starred Stuart Townsend and Gabrielle Union.

I’m pretty excited about this because I love both Depp and Wright and pretty much all that they do. Also, although I never saw the original series, I did enjoy the remake whenever it aired on Syfy. The original series only lasted a season, however, it received a lot of praise from fans and was apparently responsible for the creation of The X-Files.

This definitely seems like a project to keep tabs on. Who doesn’t love a good mystery involving some vampires, werewolves, and all kinds of supernatural forces? Count me in.


  1. Aaron

    You gotta check out the original series so you can understand the awesomeness that is Darren McGavin as Kolchak. I think it's on Netflix Instant Watch. They're all basically standalone episodes, so you can jump around and watch random ones (episode 14 is my favorite). That being said, as much as I cherish the original series and films, I'm really looking forward to this. I find Depp to be kind of annoying as an actor, but I think he will make a great Kolchak because he's someone who obviously takes risks and immerses himself in the characters he plays. I'm just glad Tim Burton is not involved.

  2. Thomas

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is one of the reasons why I'm a horror fan. CBS showed reruns late Friday nights back in the early 1980s. I'm just amazed Depp is attached to this project. He's already committed to a Lone Ranger and Thin Man remake.

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