Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright's The Night Stalker Takes Step Forward; Hires Writer
Posted 05.18.12 by Ryan
Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton's adaptation of the late 1960s-early 70s soap opera, didn't exactly have the kind of opening weekend that Burton, Warner Bros. and star Johnny Depp were hoping for, but that hasn't slowed down the adaptation of The Night Stalker, an even more obscure property that began as a 1970s ABC TV movie starring Darren McGavin and eventually became the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker that originally aired from 1974-75. Depp and his Infinitum Nihil production company started developing the movie for Disney last summer, and hired director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) in February to "oversee and develop" The Night Stalker. The first step, obviously, was to hire a screenwriter and it looks like Wright and Depp have found him.
THR reports that D.V. DeVincentis has been hired to write the screenplay for Night Stalker. The hiring would seem to indicate that Wright and Depp are looking for a more comedic take for the movie, considering DeVincentis' past work on High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. Its a prudent decision, as the source material followed Chicago newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigated crimes that were often led to supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Wright and Depp aren't strangers to supernatural material, and both have historically approached the subject of monsters and the undead with a comedic eye.
No word on when The Night Stalker will start production. Expect an update once DeVincentis finishes the script, though it's likely Disney will wait to see if they'll strike Pirates of the Caribbean gold again with Depp in 2013's The Lone Ranger before they move forward with Night Stalker.