After 'Ant-Man' Departure, Edgar Wright May Move to 'Night Stalker'
Following news that director Edgar Wright is no longer at the helm of Marvel's comic book adaptation Ant-Man, that means the filmmaker is free to move on to a new project. And it just so happens that over two years ago, Wright was attached to direct an adaptation of The Night Stalker, the ABC made-for-TV film (and eventual series) 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. Now Deadline reports Wright is circling back to the project set up at Disney that previously had Johnny Depp attached to lead.
Unlike Wright's previous work, this film will be geared towards a family audience, but still landing in the PG-13 rating range. That will be something new for Wright as all of his films, with the exception of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, have been R-rated. There will still be a chance for Wright to maintain his style in genre films as Kolchak frequently encountered the supernatural, including zombies, werewolves, vampires and even aliens. This sounds like it could be the kind of film made for families that doesn't really get produced anymore; something akin to Gremlins.
However, it's not clear how soon this project might come together, because Depp is currently busy starring in Black Mass, and there's a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie in development. It's unlikely that a new star will be sought to get the project moving sooner since Wright was developing the film specifically for Depp to lead. However, the actor's choices in roles as of late have been disappointing to say the least, so it might be better to get someone else to star in the film instead. At the same time, maybe Depp working with a director like Wright will result in a return to the form for the actor.