Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stalking The Night On The Big Screen

If you're like me, when you hear the name "Kolchak" you get shivers running up and down your spine. (Just listen to the opening theme!)

Kolchak, aka "The Night Stalker", was an investigative reporter in a rumpled suit and a pork pie hat with a nose for the supernatural. He first appeared in a pair of successful TV movies, which paved the way for a hasty first and only season. "The X-Files" TV show creator Chris Carter has long acknowledged the creepy and creative "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" as a major inspiration for his own creepy and creative series.

Last year it was reported Johnny Depp wanted to play Kolchak in a feature film. Now, according to that movie appears to finally have a director: Shaun of the Dead's own Edgar Wright.

Darren McGavin - who was in his early 50s at the time - created one of the most memorable TV characters in his portrayal of the harried, put upon, and often-fired, Kolchak. I wonder what sort of take Depp has on the role -- will he do a sort of Darren McGavin "impression" or just go off in his own direction?

Whatever Wright and Depp do, they gotta keep the pork pie hat.

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