I honestly can’t think of any news that’s made me this giddy since first hearing that Johnny Depp would be taking on the persona of Barnabas Collins in a Dark Shadows film. Next on the prolific actor/producer’s plate? How about Depp inhabiting the shoes of tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak?
According to Deadline, Disney and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil are teaming up on a feature version of the ’70s TV movie The Night Stalker. Depp is the potential star of the film, and he and his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski will produce.
Like many, Dembrowski and Depp had fond memories of the ABC telepic and series The Night Stalker, and they got Disney’s Rich Ross and Sean Bailey sparked on a pitch for Depp to potentially play Carl Kolchak. Originated by Darren McGavin, Kolchak was the dogged journalist first seen in the 1972 telepic (where he hunted a killer who was draining the blood of beautiful girls on the Las Vegas strip) and later in the ABC series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”. Kolchak’s investigations always seemed to lead him to the doorstep of vampires, zombies, werewolves and aliens. For its time, it was pretty scary stuff. Like “Dark Shadows”, the “Kolchak” series was produced by the late Dan Curtis.
The studio will go out to writers shortly so look for more on this one as soon as we can get it!
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