February 22, 2012

Edgar Wright Will Direct Johnny Depp In Night Stalker

It looks like Edgar Wright's relationship with Marvel Studios has paid off. Deadline reports that Disney has tapped Edgar (Hott Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim) to direct Johnny Depp in a feature adaptation of The Night Stalker. It's based on the 70's horror comedy television film which spawned a TV series. It featured a reporter who 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. It will be produced by Depp as another one of his passion projects similar to how he put together Dark Shadows.

Depp has a rather strong relationship with Disney as he is currently filming The Lone Ranger and has Pirates 5 in development at the studio. It's expected that Edgar will end up writing the film but he is busy with Ant-Man and recently with World's End with Simon Pegg. Night Stalker is the first post-Scott Pilgrim directing announcement for Wright. Even through he's been long attached to Ant-Man for Marvel Studios a production start or official announcement was never stated. Currently it's unknown when this project could go into production since their isn't a script in place.

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