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Disney and Johnny Depp Plan 'Night Stalker' and Paul Revere Films

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July 11, 2011
Source: Deadline

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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.

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  • CisforCinema
    Yay for the Revere film - the more American history we can get on the big screen the better :)
  • Lebowski
    "He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed"  The fact that this dumb fucking quote has lead to someone producing a movie makes me despair for your country. 
  • Mickeymoosemu
    Yea, and some might want to point this film out to Obama while he's touring the fifty-eight states during his re-election campaign. He can then help promote it whenever he visits Austria - speaking Austrian, of course.
    • GMB
      Are you seriously attempting to draw a comparison between the intellects of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama? Nice try. Oh wait I get it, somebody poked fun at someone on your "team", on a completely relevant topic by the way (Paul Revere), so you had to strike back with the two completely unrelated slip-ups Barack Obama has made in the last 6 years. We could literally fill up the internet with the dumb crap and revisionist history nonsense that has spewed forth from her mouth. Also, Obama was quoted as visiting 57 states, so at least get that right - but conservatives usually don't let those pesky things called facts get in the way of making a point, do they? When Disney plans a movie about the 57th state, then you can gloat, until then stay on topic.
  • Cghata
    Love the idea of a Paul Revere/ Lexington & Concord movie.  Always thought the story was on movie epic proportions.  However, I'll wait to see what they actually do with the story.  They'll probably just hack it up, throw in some sexy girls, and some un-funny schtick.  Also Ethan, Paul Revere is not "infamous".  Infamous is someone who is famous for being a terrible person or a bad guy.  Al Capone and Hitler are infamous.  I would think Revere is just simply "famous".
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I wonder which version of the Paul Revere story will the movie tell. Will it be the actual historical account where he warns every one that the British are coming or will it be Sarah Palin's version where she stood in front of the international press and claimed that Paul Revere was actually only warning the British?
  • Anonymous
    Christi's last name is "Dembrowski" with an "i" not a "y". She's Johnny's sister.
  • firefly1116
    Who cares about Revere!  Night Stalker all the way.

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