Edgar Wright to direct “Kolchak” film?

We already knew that a film remake of seventies TV series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” was on Johnny Depp’s plate – now we know that Edgar Wright may be directing the thing to within an inch of its life and adding a special layer of Fried Gold on top.

Edgar and zombie cohort, shortly before commencement of 12-inch single flinging smackdown...

As eager-eyed visitors to this blog may be aware, I very much heart Edgar Wright and his work – he’s up there with Ridley Scott and Michael Mann to me, as a film maker with a signature visual style:  You know a Wright movie when you see it.

And that’s what makes his hiring interesting – I couldn’t pick out anything in “Spaced”, “Shaun of The Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” or “Scott Pilgrim Versus The World” which would say “Hire this dude to make a period-set, neo-Gothic thriller”, so the prospect of him helming the “Kolchak” adaptation perhaps suggests that Johnny Depp and co are looking to do something different with their take.

Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak

The project at the centre of this announcement is pretty cool, too – “Kolchak – The Night Stalker” was a seventies TV scarefest which pitted news reporter Carl Kolchak against the forces of supernatural evil (let’s hope that the remake doesn’t go all contemporary and make him the host of one of those goofy SyFy “Ghost Hunters”-type shows) and was a big influence on “The X-Files”, which at least some of you reading this won’t be old enough to remember.

Thank you for making me feel bloody old.  Cheers.

No screenplay is yet in place, so I can’t see this one hitting cinemas much before 2014 – which should give Wright time to work on “The World’s End” a bit more, eh?  Sweet.

 

 

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