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Will Johnny Depp star in Edgar Wright’s reboot of “The Night Stalker”?


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Knowing both of their bodies of work, it seems like it was only a matter of time before some project brought Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright together. And that time is now, as the duo will be working together on a remake of the classic TV series “The Night Stalker” for Disney.

The project has actually been floating around for about nine months now, but Deadline broke the news today that Wright is set up to direct with Depp potentially as the star. Unfortunately it seems the production on the project is still a ways off as there isn’t a screenplay yet. No word on whether Disney will have Wright write the script or whether they’ll hire someone else to work on it.

“The Night Stalker” will be a remake of the 1972 ABC TV movie of the same name and its subsequent 1973 sequel and 1974 TV series that starred Darren McGavin. He played Chicago newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigates crimes that often have to do with the supernatural. It sort of played like an earlier incarnation of “The X-Files,” except without the sexy female co-star.

There have been other attempts to resurrect “The Night Stalker” after it went off the air. ABC created a remake of the show that ran for six weeks in 2005 and starred Stuart Townsend, but it ultimately failed and was canceled. The Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) ended up airing the final four episodes in 2006.

In addition, there is a comic book based off the premise (first published in 2003 by Moonstone Books) and two short fiction anthology was published in 2006 and 2007.

Deadline is saying that Disney’s “The Night Stalker” will likely be rated PG-13 because it will be “tailored to fir Disney’s family film mandate.” Though Wright’s films typically fall into the hard R category, I could see him pulling off a family-friendly, albeit dark and quirky version of “The Night Stalker.” Working with Depp will likely make that a pretty easy thing to do, as his “Alice in Wonderland” was both commercially successful and good for most audiences.

Are you looking forward to seeing Depp and Wright work together? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.