Fans of the ’70s television movies The Night Stalker, might be interested in the news that Johnny Depp’s production company has teamed with Disney to take the Darren McGavin series and turn it into a movie.
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.
While it was a bit slow and plodding, Depp’s performance in The Ninth Gate, and his charm in Pirates could make for a very cool Carl Kolchak.