Edgar Wright to Direct Johnny Depp in a Remake of The Night Stalker

Darren McGavin in Kolchak The Night Stalker TV SeriesIf you’re still holding out hope that Edgar Wright will finally get that “Ant Man” movie made for Marvel Studios, well, keep on hoping, I guess. From what I’m hearing, he’s finished with the script and has turned it in, but is waiting for Marvel to give him the okay to start. With “The Avengers” and a ton of other epic characters waiting to be made, I’m not sure if Marvel is all that anxious to throw money on a little known and silly hero like Ant-Man, but I could be wrong.

Meanwhile, if you’re jonesing for a new Edgar Wright movie to hold onto until “Ant-Man” gets greenlit, maybe this will suffice: Disney has officially attached Wright to direct a remake of “The Night Stalker” with Johnny Depp. (This “Night Stalker”, mind you, is not to be confused with the similarly titled “Night Stalker” that was announced with James Franco a few years ago; that movie is a bio pic about the serial killer Richard Ramirez. This, um, is not.)

This version of “The Night Stalker” will be a PG-13 (this is Disney, after all) version of the ABC TV series and original movies about tabloid reporter and supernatural brawler Carl Kolchak, originally played by Darren McGavin in the ’70s. Ol Kochalk was always getting himself into scuffles with various creatures of the night while doing his due diligence for the rag he worked for.

The film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Depp, who is also producing. The Deppster is certainly knee-deep in Disney work, with those “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels waiting in the wings, the “Lone Ranger” movie on the horizon, and a movie about Paul Revere’s midnight ride in the works.

Edgar Wright, of course, is the director of “Shaun of the Dead”, the zombie horror/comedy that launched a thousand imitations, and most recently directed the rather awesome “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. He’s said to still have the “Ant Man” movie somewhere in the distance. Probably.

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Via : Deadline