In an effort to solidify his status as the coolest actor of his generation (or possibly the world’s biggest Dan Curtis fan), Johnny Depp will team up with director Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim) to bring back The Night Stalker.
For those too young to remember (and uncool to know), The Night Stalker was a horror landmark in seventies television. Developped by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance), the story involved the efforts of tabloid journalist Carl Kolchak to expose a world of vampires, witches, undead alchemists, mummies and other supernatural menaces, despite a clueless public and unbelieving superiors.
And yes, the creators of The X- Files were huge fans.
There were two hugely popular ABC tv movies, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, both of which were scripted by the godlike genius of Richard Matheson. They ruled and their success resulted in a short- lived series, which included episodes written by a young Robert Zemeckis and David Chase (of The Sopranos fame). Kolchak was played by Darren McGavin as a smart- ass, charismatic bastard and I am curious to see what Depp will bring to the role.
The series was revived in 2005, starring Stuart Townsend, but the result was an idiotic travesty that sunk without a trace. Currently, Disney has the rights and I don’t know whether that’s a good thing. Still, the combination of Depp and Wright makes me very very optimistic.