Disney and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil are teaming up on a feature version of the crazy awesome ’70s TV movie The Night Stalker. Depp is the potential star of the film, reports Deadline.
Like many, Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski and Depp had fond memories of the ABC telepic and series “The Night Stalker,” and they got Disney’s Rich Ross and Sean Bailey sparked on a pitch for Depp to potentially play tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak. Originated by Darren McGavin, Kolchak was the dogged journalist first seen in the 1972 telepic (where he hunted a killer who was draining the blood of beautiful girls on the Las Vegas strip) and later in the ABC series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Kolchak’s investigations always seemed to lead him to the doorstep of vampires, zombies, werewolves and aliens. For its time, it was pretty scary stuff.