After we reported that Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) was set to direct Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows) in the feature film version of The Night Stalker, all that was left to complete was attaching a writer. Surprise! The powers that be have tapped D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) to script the big screen adaptation of the 1970s series. The original show followed Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin), a Chicago-based tabloid reporter who always seemed to find himself rooting out a supernatural source to the crimes he investigated. The show, created by Jeff Rice, only ran for one season but did well in syndication; well enough that Depp, Wright and now DeVincentis are all attached for the feature treatment. THR reports that DeVincentis is the latest addition to The Night Stalker project, making it the most recent development in his resume that includes the Stephen Frears-directed, Lay the Favorite and the adaptation currently-in-production, King Dork.
Last summer we learned that Johnny Depp and his Infinitum Nihil production company had teamed up with Disney on two potential projects: a drama centering on Paul Revere and a feature film adaptation of the 1970s TV movie The Night Stalker. The latter was being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Depp, and now Disney has made an inspired directing choice for the project: Edgar Wright. The original Night Stalker TV movie and subsequent series focused on tabloid reporter Carl Kolchack, whose investigations always lead to perpetrators of the supernatural sort (ie. zombies, vampires, werewolves, oh my!). Hit the jump for more on the project and the nature of Wright and Depp’s involvement.
Johnny Depp and Disney are now confirmed BFFs. The actor has made about a bajillion dollars for the studio with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and now Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil is teaming up with the Mouse House on two potentially Depp-starred projects. The two studios are developing an adaptation of the 1970’s TV movie The Night Stalker, and a period drama about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride to warn the Colonial militia about the British invasion (of the non-Beatles sort).
The Night Stalker focused on tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, whose investigations always lead to perpetrators of the supernatural sort (vampires, werewolves, etc.). The character was later spun-off into his own ABC series. Deadline reports that Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski will produce. Hit the jump for more details.