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.
The Paul Revere drama will center on the 24-hour period in which the soldier made his famous “midnight ride” during the American Revolutionary War. Lee and Janet Batchler (Batman Forever) are writing the screenplay and Dembrowski will produce.
The Night Stalker seems right up Disney’s alley, with a supernatural-adventure film hitting that marketing sweet spot, sure to draw in teens and tweens in droves. But the Paul Revere flick is a bit of a head-scratcher, especially with Depp as the star. It’s not exactly safe to go the kooky route with American history, and it’s hard to imagine Disney turning out anything other than a watered-down period flick like 2004’s The Alamo.
The report also refutes last week’s story that Depp is close to signing on to a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, though it’s really only a matter time given that On Stranger Tides has already made $1 billion.
Depp will continue his relationship with Disney in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, starring opposite Armie Hammer and Tom Wilkinson. Filming begins once Depp wraps on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. The Lone Ranger opens December 21st, 2012.