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Edgar Wright And Johnny Depp Summon KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER To The Big Screen!

 

 

 

Beaks here...

The only question I have regarding a big-screen rendition of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER is "What took 'em so long?" Guess we were waiting for Johnny Depp to wise up and get Edgar Wright on board.

According to Deadline, Wright is set to develop and direct the film version of THE NIGHT STALKER for Disney and Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil. Depp will, of course, star as Carl Kolchak, the not-entirely-fearless journalist who investigates crimes of a supernatural nature. Since the film is in the nascent stages of development, we've no idea if Depp and Wright will set the story in the present day or go period. If they opt for the former, I'm curious to see if Kolchak will be portrayed as an old-school print reporter or one o' them troublemakin' bloggers.

I love the original series and, in particular, the two made-for-TV movies that inspired it (both of which were written by the great Richard Matheson), and the scary-funny tone is certainly in Wright's wheelhouse. Short of casting a reanimated Darren McGavin, this is a best-case scenario for a Kolchak movie. Given that this is a Disney movie, Wright will have to stay within PG-13 parameters, but that's fine; sure, Kolchak needs to be dark, but not excessively so.

Here's hoping this sucker gets fast-tracked, and we get to see a new Edgar Wright movie no later than 2014!

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  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    What happened to Ant-Man

    by my liege

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Second!

    by my liege

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    ANT MAN GOT STEPPED ON

    by IAmTommyWiseau

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    J Dep in a Dark/Funny Disney Remake?

    by billandted

    SAY WHAT?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by kem070396

    Cinematic homage to the mother of all supernatural television procedural shows!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Good pick for Depp

    by MGTHEDJ

    Themeatically it's just a post WW II update of 1999's Sleepy Hollow. And this movie doesn't need to be R rated, the TV movies and the show were PG, and still scary. Kolchak: The Night Stalker was the first show I was allowed to stay up to 11/10 central to watch. I was 6. Please be good....Please be good.------later-----m

  • HOLLYWOOD: "Sick of Johnny Depp? Well, FUCK YOU. Here's another movie with him in. And, before you watch it, you can see three trailers for his other upcoming movies."

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Edgar Wright - cool! but I also want to see

    by DavidBanner

    Ant Man!

  • Come on, you know it's only a matter of time.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Darren McGavin

    by puto tenax

    I had the privilege of meeting him many years ago on the set of "Hangar 18" when I was a kid. Great guy to talk with and very funny. He took time away from shooting just to talk to me for about 15 minutes. I think Depp is a great choice and look forward to Wrights' interpretation.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Short of casting a reanimated Darren McGavin...

    by tomdolan04

    this is a best-case scenario for a Kolchak movie <p> With Johnny Depp. YEAH!!! <p> Wait what?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Εdgar Wright is still finding work after the SP fiasco?

    by KilliK

    cool.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Enough with Johnny Depp already!

    by TheBigFuckinLebowski

    Can't Hollywood find another middle-aged man to play the role Darren McGavin made famous?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Remake everything with Johnny Depp

    by tomdolan04

    British sitcom Allo Allo with Depp simultaneously playing Renee and the airmen?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Red Dwarf with Depp as Lister

    by tomdolan04

    Well, it's the next best thing reaaaaaaaaaally

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    so who's gonna get cast as Vincenzo?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Maybe a big sweaty Will Sasso....popping Maalox

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    So....basically its going to be Hunter S Thompson vs Vampires?

    by Jobacca

    We cant stop here.....this is bat country!!!!!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Bryan Cranston would be the PERFECT Kolchak!

    by houdini1926

    Johnny Depp is cool, and of course he can get any movie greenlit, but "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston is perfect to bring Carl Kolchak back to life!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Bryan Cranston?

    by Danny

    Depp's a great actor, but we're on overload. And jobacca hit the nail on the fuckin' head. This needs a character actor, and one who isn't a typical leading man - a little older, and a lot crustier. Last thing we need is Depp playing another quirky reporter.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Cranston as Kolchak, or...

    by Alan_Moore

    Totally agree about Bryan Cranston! For that matter, give this guy the role of Jim Gordon when Nolan's series is done!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    brian cranston

    by solitaire

    it's been said before, but I think he would be ideal. I like Depp, though, and i trust him. i think he is smart enough to see that it needs to be set in the 70's, and you can't dump the seer-sucker suit and straw boat hat. Drop those things, modernize it and you have ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag...or that townsend series.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I've been waiting for a big screen remake of The Night Stalker...

    by eustisclay

    ...Kolchak: The Night Stalker, not so much. The original movie was great and suspenseful,and creepy as hell for those of us in jr high. And it didn't need to be rated R, it complied with the tv standars at the time. Of course, in the early 70's vampire flicks could be really bloody and still get a pg. But the film is only 75 mins long and I've always thought it could be a great scary big screen flick. But a comedic Kolchak, I don't know. Why Depp has to keep making these tongue in cheek flick(I loved the original, very bloody, House of Dark Shadows. Depss Dark Shadows film, looks like it could be cool, but doubt it will be frightening or bloody).

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Wright-cool. But, c'mon, stop with Deppness, please.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I loved this show but Depp and Disney makes me sad

    by RG

    Bryan Cranston would be great in this. Ed Oneil would have too (he is too old now tho...)

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Reboot Addams Family with Depp as Gomez

    by tangcameo

    Jonah Hill as Fester (and don't play him like Lloyd did *shaking fist in anger*). Bring back Christina Ricci but as Morticia. And this time give the movie a BLOODY PLOT!!!!!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I'm in, as long as it's scary! Loved the original...

    by Farrokh

    Used to stay up and watch it when I was young.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    gotta admit - Bryan Cranston -would be cool

    by DavidBanner

    And as Jim Gordon? Yep. How about: Tim Watley DDS the Movie!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I hear ya, webdood, but let's hope for the best!

    by captaincosmos

    I too LOVED this show as a kid and have revisited several times over the years. Even recently tracked down an old paperback copy of the book Matheson based the original script on. Love me som Kolchak and McGavin was an unrecognized national treasure, as far as I'm concerned. Hell, I even own a searsucker suit myself, for chrissakes. Here's the thing, though -- Night Stalker is ripe for a remake on the big screen. The first TV-movie was gold, and some of the eps from the series had great creepy moments, but it was McGavin that carried the show. An inspired premise that (with the exception of the 1st movie) never fully delivered on its potential. Even McGavin was totally fed up with the rushed scripts and lack of production value mid-way through the series. I know that Depp has a true affection for this and Dark Shadows. And I'll be disappointed if he and Burton fuck up Dark Shadows (although it looks good from the pics), but if he and Wright screw the pooch on Kolchak, I will be pissed beyond belief. Yeah, the Disney connection is worrisome, but as someone else mentioned, it can be done well within the PG-13 boundries. And Depp can create a quirky character, and I'm sure he won't simply mimic McGavin, but if he and Wright go too campy or silly -- it'll be ruined. Oh, and yes, keep it in the '70s, for fucks sake. Okay, here's really hoping they do right by this property, one of the old shows I hold most dear to my horror loving childhood heart.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Depp to play Zuni Fetish Doll

    by houdini1926

    In a remake of "Trilogy of Terror!"

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    davidbanner

    by phifty2

    I just realized the other day that Bryan Cranston was re-gifter Tim Watley. Mind=Blown

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Depp's Paul Kemp in RUM DIARY reminded me of Kolchak.

    by fustfick

    Maybe it was just the wardrobe, but I often thought of Depp playing Kolchak when I was watching THE RUM DIARY. I'm looking forward to this.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Finally

    by The Angriest Planet

    While Johnny Depp may not leap to mind as Kolchak, he'll probably be okay. Frankly his interest was probably what took to get this untangled from its ABC/Disney rights morass that kept the character off screen for years. Also, with Edgar Wright at the helm I feel a lot safer. Don't fret the PG13...remember the show was on TV 30 years ago so I'm sure it'll be fine.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Could someone give Jeff Rice some f*cking credit?

    by Sleazzy

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Pretty boy Kolchak

    by MooseMalloy

    Maybe it will work on the big screen.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    I think we've all kind of come to the Conclusion that Dark Shadows

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Isn't going to be very good, but where's the trailer, it's coming out in a few months?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp=Darren McGavin? No fucking way

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Even though Depp's about the same age McGavin was when he did the original, which I saw when it first aired.I always loved when the vampire threw the hospital orderly out the window.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I don't know anything about Kolchak, seems fine to me, BUT

    by Thomas

    I would really like the third film in the Cornetto trilogy first please thank you.

  • Johnny Depp as the Zuni Fetish Doll.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Duchovny as Kolchak?

    by tangcameo

    Or is that too meta? Or would it cancel out both series right out existence?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    haha Johnny Depp as Lou Ciccone !!!

    by tangcameo

    Only the Canadians will get that one. :-)

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Glad Ant Man got squashed

    by Teddy Artery

    Dumbest movie premise 'evar'!

  • A film he apparently has no intention of ever making. Lame.

  • It would certainly be a different take on Kolchak.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    What Old Television Show Will Johnny Depp Turn Into A Movie Next?

    by IAmTommyWiseau

    Knight Rider? Gilligan's Island? Baywatch?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Kolchak who?

    by Green

    I love the NIGHT STALKER. Sadly, most of the film execs I speak to never heard of the original series or MOWs. Yeah, some of these folks are young, but others are in their early 40s.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Crowe can still play schlubby, cranky, middle aged lovable,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    can't he?

  • Jesus! You hate 'The Avengers', Christopher Nolan, Marvel, DC, you hate action movies, sci-fi movies, horror movies. Get laid. Relax.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Bryan Cranston. Bang On.

    by Kefrif

    I'm glad people are coming round to this - Bryan Cranston would be literally PERFECT as Kolchak. i've been saying and saying it since that god awful serious TV version by the X-files guys was made. Kolchak is tongue in cheek, cod, and utterly brilliant - and fits Cranstons style of comic acting PERFECTLY. But - lets be real. Unless they have another go at a TV version (doing it right this time), Cranston ain't big enough box office to make it fly. Depp will do - he's got enough nouse to realise the nuances of the character - and I trust him. But Cranston would be sooo much better.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by AlienFanatic

    I absolutely, positively LOVE the Kolchak series. I even liked the newer "Night Stalker" series, though it was a departure. However, I cannot stand the idea of Depp-ifying the series. Depp's performances have bordered on parody, with silly accents and affectations. If Depp can play it straight, maybe it'd work, but if he goes with weirdness, I will absolutely refuse to see it.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I agree with you guys about Cranston, but...

    by captaincosmos

    ...obviously, the bird has flown on that bit of dream casting. Unless, as some have suggested, they give a regular TV series another try. Then, hell's yeah -- perfect fit. Ab-so-freakin'-lutely. But, c'mon... it'll never happen, so why not hope that Depp and Wright get this off the ground and do right by the property and the character. I don't wanna see Depp do another Hunters S. Thompson and I don't wanna see him merely ape McGavin -- but he can certainly come up with a memorably quirkly, caustic portrayal. We know that he can. Fingers crossed.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    bryan cranston or russel crowe would be good casting

    by crazybubba

    but after seeing what Disney has done with John Carter of Mars I have zero hope of this being a good movie. I'll just have to keep watching repeats of the Night Stalker when this comes on. I used to sit and watch this show with my mother back in the 80's.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Depp should do "Scarecrow of Romney Marsh"

    by Uncle Stan

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Can DEPP make a good movie again?

    by melonman

    Although kind of like RUM DIARY, but for BRUCE ROBINSON doing HUNTER S THOMPSON it was kind of flat.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I would prefer a film called "PYM PARTICLES" that features Ant-Man/Giantman

    by the Green Gargantua

    I would have him meet Janet Van Dyne while riding a queen ant through a garden. The wonder of finding a tiny woman in a magical private world would be cinema magic. yes, this would be a more ultimates version of The Wasp, I just see that working better.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I thought the whole point of having your own film company was

    by Subtitles_Off

    to make good movies, quality art, little passion projects that couldn't otherwise get made because, you know, Hollywood is so busy raping childhoods and scavenging old ideas. I thought Johnny Depp was this serious, tortured artist, forced into the Jello-mold of contemporary conformity. I thought all this shit was beneath him. Obviously, I was wrong. John Christopher Depp gotta eat.

  • The promos leading up to it has all up kids in hog heaven. Then I remember the series on at 8 pm Fridays against Chico and the Man on NBC and Planet Of The Apes on CBS. What a choice for a young fan. Of course I always chose Night Stalker but it was a choice I didn't have to make for long.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    By the way-

    by don

    GET OFF MY GODDAMN LAWN!!!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    So good to see the Night Stalker and Darren McGavin love here!

    by CrusherJen

    I've got fond memories of both, and own the DVD with the two TV-movies. That was some fine 70's era horror. I also agree that Bryan Cranston would be a far better Kolchak than Johnny Depp. Here's hoping the new film will work anyway, even if it is yet another remake (sigh.)

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The perfect choice to play Kolchak is...

    by JackieJokeman

    Darren McGavin. Kill this movie before its too late.

  • Saved by the Bell the Movie! Live Action Rugrats Boy Meets World Goes to the Big Screen. Northern Exposure the Film. Who should we get to play the Fresh Prince in the movie version? Maybe Ribiero can play Uncle Phil.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Man this Depp hate is depressing

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    I understand that the last Pirate movie and pretty much anything he does with Burton anymore is awful, but has everyone forgotten how great and intereting he can be? And with Edgar Wright no less? Sign me up. Would love to see these guys knock it outta the park.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Depp can play the Vampire, Cranston as Kolchak

    by houdini1926

    If Depp doesn't have a huge ego, he can produce this and take a back seat as the Vampire while Bryan Cranston can play the role he was born to perform.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Someone get an online petition going for Cranston as Kolchak

    by MooseMalloy

    -- Imagine how awesome it would be to see him in that role after BREAKING BAD, a return to some lighter material with scares.

  • YOU'RE WELCOME!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Buscemi would be interesting but a little too nebbish

    by MooseMalloy

  • -- Incredible voice performance by Cranston as Gordon.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Not excessively so?

    by Riff_Randell

    What are they gonna do? Make it funny? Light? Hee hee hilarious? Fuck this shit. I like Depp, well for the most part, but messing with Kolchak? Fuck off Depp!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Wright peaked with SHAUN OF THE DEAD

    by CountryBoy

    I mean, HOT FUZZ? SCOTT PILGRIM? Co-writing TINTIN? Did I forget some masterpiece in there? This could still be good; but Edgar Wright doesn't especially fill me with confidence.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    LOVE that Wright is on board!

    by Nice Marmot

    Depp? I guess.... Cranston's fantastic casting. In the last talk-back everyone wanted JK Simmons. And James Gandolfini as Vincenzo...

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Hot Fuzz was awesome, countryboy....

    by Nice Marmot

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Wish to lead a Depp free life :/

    by blueant

    but gee whizz....can't I see ONE movie free of him?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Will Updyke be more or less gay?

    by Fred

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    teddy artery , you lack vision

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Yes on making The Night Stalker, NOOO on Depp playing Kolchak

    by conspiracy

    I sure as fuck don't need another wacky faced, prancing, one Character fits all Depp part. Jack Sparrow is Willy Wonka is The Mad Hatter is... NOT FUCKING KOLCHAK.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    A Depp Movie per year? You Bet...bitch has BILLS TO PAY

    by conspiracy

    now that he is back on the Poon Hunt.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray would be the perfect Kolchak...

    by workshed

    ...you knows it! Heaven knows the guy needs a break. He's certainly got the McGavin chops.

  • I just want more Wright and I want it now.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp SEEING THINGS? Hell yeah!

    by mukhtabi

    Love that opening jingle: 'I'm seeing things, believe it, I've never seen before'... That would rock if Johnny Depp, or someone similarly middle aged played the Ciccone!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    nuh-uh, nice marmot

    by CountryBoy

    Take that!

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Didn't The X-Files and Supernatural already do this?

    by Mugato5150

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    the Disney name on this movie will make me skip it

    by millermeusa

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Depp may be technically middle-aged, but he still looks about thirty

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And the appeal of the Kolchak character was that he was a middle-aged, rumpled workaday schlub. Plus, the character has ZERO pop-culture recognition factor for the majority of today's filmgoers, so the incentive for remaking this is extremely dubious. I mean, at least most people have HEARD of the Lone Ranger, but pretty much the only people who have heard of Kolchak know it as the series that inspired The X-Files. They did that blink-and-you-missed-it TV revival a few years back, and no one cared, so do they think sinking $150 million into the property and casting Depp will make a difference?

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I like that Johnny Depp. He is greatest actor in the world.

    by ajit maholtra

    I think he make a good Kojak.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    There's really no Depp hate here; more along the lines of Depp weariness.

    by Orbots Commander

    The guy is a pretty great actor, has loads of movie star charisma, and comes off as a hell of a nice guy to boot (that stunt, posted on YouTube from some UK Mom's cell phone video, where Depp showed up fully dressed as Jack Sparrow, and in character, to an elementary school classroom, in response to a little girl's fan letter, comes to mind). That said, we *are* on Depp overload and everybody's getting a little weary of seeing him in seemingly every other big tentpole movie. The dude is getting way overexposed, IMO of course.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    The Night Stalker and The X-Files.

    by hank henshaw

    I've never really seen that much of a connection between the two. I'm sure Chris Carter was somewhat inspired by Kolchak, but I can see more direct influences on the show from films like All the Presidents Men, Close Encounters, Silence of the Lambs, or the Quartermass movies.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is not exposed

    by ajit maholtra

    Don't be gay.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Love me some Night Stalker...

    by MaxHeadroom

    Cheesey as they were, I loved Nightstalker. But especially the first TV move.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Several guys I wouldn't mind as Kolchak

    by Peter David

    You want someone who has a world weariness and some mileage on him. Brendan Fraser, perhaps. Or Kevin Kline. Perhaps even Tom Selleck. PAD

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Vincenzo

    by Blanket-Man

    OK, I can reluctantly get on board with Depp as Kolchak (my favorite show of the 1970s). But who will fill Simon Oakland's sizable shoes as editor and foil Tony Vincenzo??? Danny Aiello pops to mind, but he's pushing 80 these days. We know JK Simmons can play a great blowhard editor/publisher...

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    You're right, orbots commander, about the current glut of Depp projects

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Then again, considering how he was box office POISON for the first two decades of his career (hard to believe now, isn't it?), I can certainly understand why he'll say "yes" to pretty much any script tossed his way these days, and why so many movie studios send him those scripts...genuine Movie Stars who can guarantee an opening weekend based on their name alone are exceedingly rare these days. Formerly untouchable 80's/90's megastars like Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, and Bruce Willis can't guarantee box office anymore. Aside from The Rum Diary, name the last major Depp movie to gross less than $100 million. I think you'd have to go back to Secret Window in 2004, and that was the highest-grossing Stephen King movie in YEARS based solely on Depp's then freshly-minted box office clout. If movie studios were offering me $20+ million per flick, I'd want to put my nose to the grindstone as long as my fame allowed. Yes, I'd love to see a return of the Depp who took more risks in commercially dubious (yet quality) fare, but when you've earned a few billion dollars for Disney in the last ten years, it's hard to break out of that kind of straightjacket.

  • Feb. 22, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Vincenzo suggestion

    by houdini1926

    How about Vincent D'onofrio as Kolchak's ever suffering boss? Time he reclaimed his movie star status, opposed to "that guy, from that TV show."

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    workshed - Agreed. Bill Murray would be great.

    by DavidBanner

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Could care less about Depp..

    by Xenodistortion

    But he'll probably pull it off because Wright is running the show. This is seriously awesome news. I love Kolchak. Hated the new series they tried to do a few years ago. But this is welcome news. The original show paved the way for a lot of good horror stuff. Hope it's fucking good.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST

    re X Files & Kolchak

    by DocPazuzu

    I read an interview back in the 90s sometime where Carter talked about how much of an inspiration Kolchak was and how they actually wanted to work out a crossover episode where Scully and Mulder actually crossed paths with McGavin's Kolchak, who would still be wearing his straw hat and cheap blue suit. Alas, for various reasons it was not to be. How awesome wouldn't that have been?

  • It just doesn't get any more obvious than that. I guess it could be worse though. It might have been Johnny Depp and Tim Burton remaking The Night Stalker.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    workshed, Bill Murray as Kolchak

    by lv_426

    While my first choice is still Cranston, your suggestion of Murray is excellent. Either would be much better than Depp (and I am not a Depp hater just to be clear).

  • NOTAFINGA!!

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 4:36 a.m. CST

    James Gandolfini as Vincenzo...

    by Carl's hat

    ..to go along with my call (and you know I started it) of Cranston as Kolchak. And it would be way cool if it was set in the 70s.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    re Bill Murray

    by DocPazuzu

    I'm sorry, but that's a truly terrible idea. Thing is, he considers such material to be beneath him these days and would play Kolchak with a Venkman-like smugness which is totally the opposite of who Kolchak is. Wry and cynical, yes, but never smug.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    xenodistortion, if you could care less about Depp...

    by ajit maholtra

    ...that means you care for him. If you could not care less for Depp, that means you would not care for him one single bit. But you are caring for him. He is your sweetie.

  • made into a cgi epic then all the remakes will stop. Night Stalker- sure sure. Rather have Fassbender as Hellblazer. A trilogy. Or even a series. You have so many great Hellblazer cases that would make perfect episodes or movies.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    As long as Burton is kept away from this, it has a chance...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Burton doesn't really make movies anymore. He makes feature-length commercials for production design houses.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Netflix Streaming has the original series!

    by menacingphantom

    Loved the Night Stalker so much as a kid.

  • and probably H.R. Puff N' Stuff as well. They've already did Land of the Lost. We must be the same age. I grew up with all those Krofft brothers shows as well. I still have fond memories of the Beatles rip-off Sigmund the Sea Monster theme song.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Thinking that Paul Giammatti would be a great Kolchack also

    by Joe Plumber

    I agree that Bill Murray would phone in the role and his condescending aloofness would ruin it.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I always thought Jason Lee would be a good Kolchak

    by Kirk's Toupee

    When they did the shitty tv reboot he was the guy that came to mind. I could easily see him wearing the seersucker and cheap hat chasing the supernatural. Cranston is the more obvious choice because he looks sort of like McGavin and he has the serious/comedic timing for the role.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Planetran_fa - The camera

    by The StarWolf

    The 110 was due to low budgets for the series. In the movies he had professional caliber 35mm ones.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Period or contemporary?

    by The StarWolf

    Period (70s) has a charm a contemporary version couldn't match. As for blogging? As a wise man once said "Blogging isn't writing, it's graffiti with punctuation." And it would eliminate a big part of the fun in the movies/series, that is the unique working chemistry between Kolchak and Vincenzo. As for Murray playing Kolchak, no thanks. No matter how ludicrous a situation Kolchak wound up in, McGavin always played him straight. I'm not sure Murray can carry that off.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking it has to be period

    by Joe Plumber

    Since the tv remake was set in the current times. Also, while Gavin did play the character straight there was always a comedic eve slapstick element to the character. But, agreed, Murray would be horrible. At least, current Murray.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Bryan Cranston = Carl Kolchak NOT overused Johnny Depp

    by Negative Man

    Cranston is the perfect actor to be placed under that Crushable Raffia. Depp is, frankly, too pretty for the role.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I approve this message

    by alexander

    but I also agree that Bryan Cranston would be an excellent Kolchak

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Godsunclebob. Where is my ice cream?

    by my job sucks

    I totally agree, why are we waiting for the last Cornetto movie to be made? Shaun of the Dead and Hot fuzz were made years ago (still love them both) and I’m still waiting! C’mon Mr Wright, you Pegg and Frost promised us a trilogy, this had better not been another wind up like the promised third series of ‘Spaced’ (It was on the official ‘Spaced’ website for years that that was going to happen)...... You trio of fucking Lando’s!

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    @russellcrowesbeerbelly

    by MrLongbaugh

    Those were the days, weren't they? We had it so good.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    docpazuzu

    by oisin5199

    They essentially did do this in an X-Files episode. McGavin wasn't Kolchak - he was a retired FBI agent, but the references were clear. The episode was "Agua Mala", in season 6.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Remember Robert Downey, Jr. in "Zodiac"?

    by REDD

    There's your Kolchak.

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Set it in the seventies

    by reni

    Depp as Kolchak, Gandolfini as Vincenzo, Willem Dafoe as Skorzeny. Keep it light but scary. Then do The Night Strangler & Night Killers. But set it in the seventies!

  • Feb. 23, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I want this with a score by Carter Burwell..

    by Nerfee

    Something in the same vein as his terrific 'Conspiracy Theory' score.

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