Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is going big time as Disney has set the British filmmaker to get behind the camera for the long-gestured The Night Stalker, the remake of the ABC telepic and series that the studio is developing as a potential star vehicle for Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows, A Nightmare on Elm Street) to play intrepid tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, reports Deadline.
Wright comes aboard before the studio has set a writer, and he will oversee and shape the project with Depp and Dembrowski from the ground floor.
The film took root at the studio last summer, borne out of Depp and Dembrowski’s fond memories of the original ’70s movie and series that starred Darren McGavin. He covered crime for a tabloid and his cases always led to supernatural perpetrators that included zombies, vampires, werewolves and aliens. Of course, neither his editor nor anyone else would believe him or allow him to run what seemed like outrageous stories. But Kolchak would put himself in grave danger each episode.