In 1985, Ramirez went on a rampage of sexual assault and murder, entering homes at night and generating fear throughout Southern California. He was later found guilty of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
The film, also titled “The Night Stalker,” will show how Ramirez, currently on death row in California, became a killer. It’s being co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and Nicolas Constantine, who also wrote the screenplay.
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.” Carl 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.
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.
The subject matter will be tailored to fit Disney’s family film mandate and likely get a PG-13 rating. READ MORE
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.
Depp is currently at work on feature version of the ’70s British telesoap Dark Shadows for Tim Burton.
James Franco is moving on up — to killing. After starring in numerous Sundance Film Festival selections, he’s gone to on star in Spider-Man, the forthcoming Rise of the Apes, and even the critically-acclaimed Danny Boyle-directed 127 Hours. Now, the CA-born thespian revealed he’ll be donning the dark role of serial killer Richard Ramirez (in a Chris Cornell-produced thriller!), while also taking the reigns as director! Details inside.