Johnny Depp Teams with Disney for The Night Stalker Adaptation and Paul Revere Movie; Might Collaborate with Julian Schnabel
07.12.11 by BJSprecher
In the wake of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides breaking the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales — the third Johnny Depp-led Disney movie to do so after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Alice in Wonderland — Disney is looking to continue its relationship with its billion dollar boy. Depp is already signed on to play Tonto in an upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger for Disney and now Deadline reports Disney is teaming up with Depp's Infinitum Nihil production company to develop a feature adaptation of the '70s TV movie The Night Stalker and a period drama about Colonial patriot Paul Revere, with Depp the potential star of both movies.
The Night Stalker began as an ABC TV movie and continued as the ABC TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Both starred Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak, an intrepid tabloid journalist covering stories involving zombies, werewolves, sewar monsters, and everything in between. The movie and subsequent series were a big influence on X-Files creator Chris Carter and Depp and his Infinitum Nihil partner, Christi Dembrowski, also apparently had "fond memories" of Kolchak's fumblings in the dark. Disney will reportedly begin its search for a writer for the feature adaptation "shortly."
Depp is also interested in playing the Boston silversmith who made the "midnight ride" to alert the Colonial militia about the impending British invasion before the battles of Lexington and Concord. Disney has already hired Janet and Lee Batchler, the scribes behind Batman Forever, to pen the screenplay, which will take place during the 24-hour period that made Paul Revere a hero of the American Revolutionary War and helped change the course of history forever. The movie does not yet have a title.
In other Depp news, director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Miral), recently told ThePlaylist that he and Depp might be collaborating on an adaptation of Nick Tosches' book In the Hand of Dante.
We're gonna work on writing it, developing it. We didn't sign anything. It's just something Johnny asked me to read and I think it's a great book so maybe you should read it. It's pretty beautiful. It's about everything.