Johnny Depp's been quite the rabbit's foot for Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides recently crossed the $1 billion mark internationally, and not to mention his contributions to Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Lone Ranger remake. Disney's so enamored of the man – along with the rest of the world, incidentally – that they've signed on to make two pictures with the man's production company, Infinitum Nihil: Kolchak: The Night Stalker and a biography of American hero Paul Revere.
The Night Stalker is obviously the eye-catching project here. The original TV movies, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, starred Darren McGavin as mild-mannered reporter Carl Kolchak, whose stories always seemed to wind up involving supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves and mummies. The series that followed ran on ABC between 1974 and 1975, and went on to become a cult favorite. The show famously inspired the even more popular Fox series The X-Files, and would later be remade as an unsuccessful ABC television series in 2005, produced by The X-Files's Frank Spotnitz. It was canceled after only six episodes but was later released on DVD. Rumors of a Kolchak movie used to spring up from time to time but eventually died down after the failure of the second TV series. This is the first we've heard of a new movie version in a while.
The Paul Revere project is a new one, however, and according to Deadline (which had the original story), will focus on the 24 hour period in which the American legend rode to warn of the coming British invasion before the battles of Lexington and Concord. His story was immortalized by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as "Paul Revere's Ride." Admittedly, not the cleverest title. Revere's ride was a bit more eventful than most folks remember, such as when Revere was kidnapped by British soldiers and later helped John Hancock and his family flee Lexington.
Paul Revere is currently being scripted by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler, who are most famous for contributing to the Batman Forever screenplay but also scripted Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming historical epic Pompeii. No word yet on the writers for The Night Stalker, or directors for either project. Depp could potentially star in either or both films, although neither is a guarantee at this juncture.
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