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Depp Working With Disney On 'The Night Stalker' & 'Paul Revere: Midnight Ride'

Reported by Outsiders - 10:56 PM 2011.07.11
Deadline is reporting that Disney and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil are looking to make each other very happy and will be teaming up on two new projects: a film feature version of the '70s TV movie "The Night Stalker", and a drama about the Midnight Ride made by Paul Revere to warn Colonial militia of the impending British invasion.

Depp is the potential star of both films, and him and company partner Christi Dembrowski will produce.

Dembrowski and Depp got Disney's Rich Ross and Sean Bailey sparked on a pitch for Depp to potentially play tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak for "The Night Stalker." 'Originated by Darren McGavin, Kolchak was the dogged journalist first seen in the 1972 telepic (where he hunted a killer who was draining the blood of beautiful girls on the Las Vegas strip) and later in the ABC series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Kolchak's investigations always seemed to lead him to the doorstep of vampires, zombies, werewolves and aliens.'

Midnight Ride is made up of the Paul Revere film at Disney with scribes Lee and Janet Batchler writing the screenplay. 'The film will focus on the Boston silversmith and that 24-hour period in which he made the risky "midnight ride" from Charlestown to Lexington, becoming a seminal figure in the American Revolutionary War.'

Right now Disney is riding high on Depp as "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" has cracked the $1 billion mark in worldwide gross. Depp will be saddling up next for Disney in Gore Verbinski-directed "The Lone Ranger."

On a side note as previously reported by some sites, Depp is not set for a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean. I'm sure he will sign on for the fifth installment when the time is right.




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