Shaun of the Dead director + Johnny Depp = Night Stalker reboot!

Johnny Depp might be stuck in a time warp. Between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dark Shadows, he seems obsessed with the '70s. With his latest gig, the actor is tackling another blast from the past—The Night Stalker.

According to Deadline, Disney has hired Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) to direct its big-screen adaptation of The Night Stalker with Depp as the lead. Apparently the actor is a huge fan of the original TV movie, which starred Darren McGavin.

The Night Stalker debuted in 1972 and centered on Carl Kolchak, a crime reporter who tracks a serial killer who happens to be a vampire! The movie was initially successful and spawned a sequel, The Night Strangler (1973), and a short-lived TV series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974).

At the moment, no writers are attached to the remake. But Wright is expected to "oversee and shape" the story from the ground up. Not only is Depp set to star; he'll also co-produce with his business partner Christi Dembrowski.

Are you excited about Depp and Wright working together? Were you a fan of the original Night Stalker?

(via Deadline)

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