When last we heard from Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Johnny Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil had secured the rights as a potential starring vehicle for… Well, Johnny Depp of course. (What, you don't think he'd let Stuart Townsend back into the franchise, do you?) Now it seems the film is moving quickly, having attached a hot, fuzzy director named Edgar Wright.
Deadline reports that the man behind Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has been tapped to direct The Night Stalker, based on the cult television series from the mid-1970s that starred Darren McGavin as tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, whose stories inevitably led him face-to-face with the supernatural. The series was noted for its oddball sensibilities, and for its influence on the hit sci-fi series The X-Files, a show whose producer, Chris Carter, actually tried to get McGavin to appear in a cameo as Kolchak himself.
The Edgar Wright version has no screenwriter yet, which will no doubt lead to speculation that Wright will assume some of those duties himself (we were certainly hoping, ourselves), but let's wait and see before jumping to conclusions. It's expected to be a PG-13 film, probably with franchise potential, and could be just the film Wright needs to jump onto the Hollywood A-list.
CraveOnline will be back with more Night Stalker news after we dust off our straw boater hats.