Some people may remember Kolchak: The Night Stalker as something their grandfather watched after work in the middle 70’s, and the TV movie that spawned the show that started Darren McGavin on his path to cult hero-dom, which continued on through A Christmas Story and Billy Madison. Now, Disney has hired Edgar Wright to helm the feature film adaptation of the show, with Johnny Depp starring as the newspaper reporter that often uncovers supernatural happenings in his investigations, with little proof to offer up to his bosses.
Wright’s first two films were original screenplays he wrote with star Simon Pegg for the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. His third film was the adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which was a good match for his fast-paced style of humorous filmmmaking. Wright’s latest project was to help with the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin for Steven Speilberg, and he has long been developing a feature film version of Marvel‘s Ant Man. With that languishing in development, it seems he has hopped on this project, and anyone that knows anything about Wright knows he is a huge pop culture junkie, and I’m sure he has a lot of love for the original series, a cult staple.
With the addition of Johnny Depp as Carl Kolchak, they have piqued the interest of horror and fantasy fans worldwide, as it will be interesting to see Edgar Wright run wild with Johnny Depp on-screen investigating vampires, werewolves, or whatever they come up with for the film. Disney says Wright and Depp will develop the film from the ground up, showing the faith they have in their biggest star. In the meantime, Depp will star in The Lone Ranger for Disney, and we’ll see if this is the next project for either of them, or what will pop up in the meantime. We’ll keep you in the loop either way.