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Edgar Wright may next direct Johnny Depp in remake of The Night Stalker

05.27.2014

With Johnny Depp on a downward trend with his career choices as of late, the highly bankable movie star needs a project that doesn't require him to don goofy make-up or play a caricature. He also needs to work with a director who will play to his strengths both dramatically and comically for a project that could be the next big thing. So, who better for Depp to collaborate with than Edgar Wright.

Deadline is reporting that while Edgar Wright's role as director on ANT-MAN may have come to an unceremonious ending, Wright's in development movie THE NIGHT STALKER is still alive at Disney. Being developed with Depp in mind, the film has a completed screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis. For those of you unfamiliar with THE NIGHT STALKER, you are missing out.

Originally a TV movie from 1972, THE NIGHT STALKER followed a reporter named Carl Kolchak who investigates supernatural crimes in Las Vegas. It spawned a series titled KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER set in Chicago that aired for a single season on ABC. The show was the primary inspiration for THE X-FILES and spawned an unsuccessful reboot in 2005.

THE NIGHT STALKER could be a great chance for Wright to stretch himself without being constrained by the rules and regulations that Marvel has in place for their feature films. It would also afford Depp a chance to make something with a creative director that could play to all of his strengths as an actor. Of course, this all depends on Depp who is currently filming BLACK MASS and has the still not officially greenlit fifth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie on his slate. If Disney were smart, they would jump on this project as soon as possible.

Source: Deadline

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8:46PM on 05/28/2014
Eh. So this is still a comedic thing? I've never heard of the character and didn't watch the clip. With Wright I def think it'd be comedic, though X-Files certainly wasn't. I trust Wright, but I don't know if this would be a challenge for Depp. It sounds like he could easily turn in one if his generic, lazy, but likable performances, and that this film would be like Sherlock Holmes, MIB, Sleepy Hollow, The Frighteners - I can think of another half dozen easily. But I think Wright would be
Eh. So this is still a comedic thing? I've never heard of the character and didn't watch the clip. With Wright I def think it'd be comedic, though X-Files certainly wasn't. I trust Wright, but I don't know if this would be a challenge for Depp. It sounds like he could easily turn in one if his generic, lazy, but likable performances, and that this film would be like Sherlock Holmes, MIB, Sleepy Hollow, The Frighteners - I can think of another half dozen easily. But I think Wright would be the only chance this movie could elevate Depp and the material into something more. Maybe I just don't know the original show though
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8:22PM on 05/27/2014
This would be an awesome combo. If anyone could put Depp back on the successful side of film, it would be Wright.
This would be an awesome combo. If anyone could put Depp back on the successful side of film, it would be Wright.
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7:37PM on 05/27/2014

I hope that they make it a 1970s period piece

And as c_bumbray suggested, hire Bryan Cranston to play Kolchak.
And as c_bumbray suggested, hire Bryan Cranston to play Kolchak.
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6:42PM on 05/27/2014

Johnny Depp sighting...

Depp is actually a few blocks away from me right now filming Black Mass, they're filming in East Boston today. You can't get close, they have the set blocked off two blocks in every direction. It's either a "kill scene" or a "discreet meeting" scene because it's right on the waterfront near the piers, it looks like a spot where you would drop a dead body that wouldn't be found for a week. If they're smart, the people who live across the street (only a few houses there) are taking pics as we
Depp is actually a few blocks away from me right now filming Black Mass, they're filming in East Boston today. You can't get close, they have the set blocked off two blocks in every direction. It's either a "kill scene" or a "discreet meeting" scene because it's right on the waterfront near the piers, it looks like a spot where you would drop a dead body that wouldn't be found for a week. If they're smart, the people who live across the street (only a few houses there) are taking pics as we speak.
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8:59PM on 05/28/2014
So wait... you actually didn't see him?

Well regardless, ever since I was a child I've ALWAYS had a dream that a movie, starring Johnny Depp, would come film on my block because it looked like a place that a "kill scene" or a "discreet meeting" would occur - I actually ONLY move into places that include areas that look like bodies could be hidden for at least a week - and that I could take poor quality pictures of them from a distance. Or if not that, at least be in a 2 block radius of him.
So wait... you actually didn't see him?

Well regardless, ever since I was a child I've ALWAYS had a dream that a movie, starring Johnny Depp, would come film on my block because it looked like a place that a "kill scene" or a "discreet meeting" would occur - I actually ONLY move into places that include areas that look like bodies could be hidden for at least a week - and that I could take poor quality pictures of them from a distance. Or if not that, at least be in a 2 block radius of him. As i see it, any of those things happening would basically make me as famous as him!!!
5:48PM on 05/27/2014
id watch it
id watch it
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4:34PM on 05/27/2014

Bryan Cranston

Forget Depp, who's busy. They should make the budget lean and mean, and cast Brtan Cranston. Would be PERFECT. You'd get an R that way too
Forget Depp, who's busy. They should make the budget lean and mean, and cast Brtan Cranston. Would be PERFECT. You'd get an R that way too
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5:07PM on 05/27/2014
Bryan would be good but I'd like to see Kurtwood Smith too.
Bryan would be good but I'd like to see Kurtwood Smith too.
3:55PM on 05/27/2014
Haha, Doubt it. I mean, after all that, he's going to end up doing another studio movie for the same studio.
Haha, Doubt it. I mean, after all that, he's going to end up doing another studio movie for the same studio.
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4:14PM on 05/27/2014
Maybe it was Marvel executives responsible for the rift after all. Disney owns Marvel, but Marvel still runs their studio in the same way that Pixar runs theirs. It's easy to blame Disney, but Marvel Studios could be at fault.
Maybe it was Marvel executives responsible for the rift after all. Disney owns Marvel, but Marvel still runs their studio in the same way that Pixar runs theirs. It's easy to blame Disney, but Marvel Studios could be at fault.
8:49PM on 05/28/2014
It was marvel. And it's starting to sound like it's unfortunate and he was upset but both parties really understood.
It was marvel. And it's starting to sound like it's unfortunate and he was upset but both parties really understood.
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3:44PM on 05/27/2014
If he caught a new gig already, he likely knew his departure from Ant-Man was coming and prepared accordingly.
If he caught a new gig already, he likely knew his departure from Ant-Man was coming and prepared accordingly.
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