Disney and Johnny Depp Plan 'Night Stalker' and Paul Revere Films
Since the studio has found billions of dollars in box office bank and more from Johnny Depp starring in their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it only makes sense that the Disney would want to work with him yet again. Therefore it's no surprise that Deadline reports the studio and Depp Infinitum Nihil production banner are teaming up for two new projects. The first is a new feature film adaptation of the 1970's made-for-TV movie The Night Stalker while the other is about the famous Midnight Ride by Paul Revere when he warned our colonial militia of an impending invasion of British military forces.
With the first project, Disney is looking into edgier territory for a family film about tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak who, in the original 1972 TV movie, hunted a killer who was draining blood of girls on the Las Vegas strip. Later the character would get his own TV series "Kolchak: The Night Stakler" where the intrepid reporter always found himself on the doorstep of vampires,zombies, werewolves and aliens. The latter is the part of Kolchak I would like to see come to life on the big screen. Though it's supposed to be edgier, I would almost prefer to see something like a noir parody with the same tone as Ed Wood or even better, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
As for the second project, Depp and his producing partner Christi Dembrowsky (who are teaming on the first project too obviously) have set up the film with Batman Forever writers Lee and Janet Batchler writing the film. For those who haven't had this history lesson (looking at you Sarah Palin), the film will focus on the infamous silversmith who rode from Charlestown to Lexington and war colonial forces of a British invasion during the American Revolutionary War. It's not clear whether Depp would play Revere himself, but he's being lined up to star in the film in some capacity, as well as leading The Night Stalker. Just more projects to throw onto Depp's full plate, but I'm sure audiences aren't at all upset about seeing more of him.