Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios may have parted ways due to reported major rewrites to the Ant-Man script, but it left the former without a project to work on. With the studio already interviewing a list of directors behind closed doors, Wright may have already found a new job just days after walking away from Ant-Man.
Deadline reports that Wright may shift his attention to directing The Night Stalker with Johnny Depp. Written by D.V. DiVicenti, the film is an adaptation of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which centers on Kolchak, a tabloid news reporter whose investigations always lead to the supernatural and paranormal. Disney’s adaptation has been under development for quite some time, with Wright working on The World’s End and Ant-Man and Depp off working on other projects of his own. Now it looks like the pieces are finally falling into place. Hit the jump to learn more.
Because of Wright and Depp’s busy schedule, the project stayed in limbo. But with Wright now free, what happens to Nightstalker depends all on Depp. The actor is currently working on the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, and will then move to Alice In Wonderland 2, which may be followed by Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – which is another pic that is in flux because the studio remains unsure on how to move on with the franchise.
While Wright may have worked on Ant-Man for eight years, Nightstalker is something that is in his comfort zone. The original TV movie and series dealt with vampires, aliens, werewolves, and more, and was a bit heavy-handed with the action, but also had lighter tones thanks to its comedy.
Of course since this is a Disney film, Nightstalkers will have that family friendly feel to it. Which is a little ironic considering Wright left Ant-Man under similar circumstances when Disney/Marvel impeded on his vision of Ant-Man. It should be interesting to see where this goes, if it does indeed go anywhere. But with Depp’s stock as high as it is at Disney, maybe there is a chance to see Wright back at the Mouse House.