The Night Stalker remake was announced last year, and things have been relatively quiet on the Disney produced remake up until now. What we already knew was that the film would be a remake of the 1972 TV movie which starred Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak, an investigator working on supernatural and science fiction based cases. The film in particular focused on a case involving Vampires.
In the remake, Johnny Depp will be playing the role of Kolchak, and already a director is on board, Edgar Wright. This would be Wright’s first big movie involving a ‘superstar’ like Johnny Depp, but the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim VS The World could well be perfectly suited for the job considering the plot. Directing Johnny Depp could well be a real boost for Wright’s skills, and with the element of adventure and comedy Depp can bring to his roles, this really does appear to be a match made in heaven.
Things have now taken a step in the right direction as it has been reported that Disney have hired High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank writer D.V. DeVincentis to write the script for the remake.
While this is progress, Wright still has both The World’s End and Ant-Man on his plate before he can consider staring The Night Stalker. Still, good to know the idea is progressing. Hopefully we will have more on this soon.
By Matt Wavish