According to the well-connected Mike Fleming at Deadline.com, Johnny Depp is in talks to star in a feature film version of a well-remembered TV movie and series of the 1970s.
Says the story, "Disney and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil are teaming up on…a feature version of the ’70s TV movie ‘The Night Stalker’ " in which Depp might star.
The article adds, "Like many, Depp [and his Infinitum Nihil partner, Christi Dembrowski] 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. The studio will go out to writers shortly. David Kennedy will be exec producer." Dembrowski would produce, the story notes.
The TV series was created on Jeffrey Grant Rice and ran on ABC.
The story also says Depp is working on a feature film about the midnight ride of Paul Revere.