Edgar Wright to Direct Johnny Depp in Adaptation of 'Night Stalker'
With only three feature films under his belt, it might seem crazy to deem Edgar Wright one of my favorite directors working today. But when those films are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I don't feel like it's an unfounded or unreasonable claim. Now Wright is poised to make his career even better as Deadline reports the British filmmaker has been lined up to helm The Night Stalker, a new adaptation of the ABC made-for-TV film that followed the late Darren McGavin as tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak who, in the 1972 TV movie, hunted a killer who was draining blood of girls on the Las Vegas strip.
In the series that follows the film, Kolchak always found himself on the doorstep of vampires,zombies, werewolves and aliens, and that sounds like it's right up Wright's alley. As we learned last summer, Johnny Depp is already attached to the project from Disney, and Wright has actually attached himself to the project before a writer has even been hired. Though Wright's work with horror and comedy have garned R-ratings in the past, this film will be tailored for a PG-13, family friendly audience. But considering what visually striking and original work Wright turned in for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, along with Depp's penchant for losing himself in any given character, it sounds like we're in for a fantastic film.