Johnny Depp to be a Night Stalker

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Johnny Depp stars as a journalist who moves to Puerto Rico in the 1960s after he grows tired of living in America under the Eisenhower Administration. While there he tries to resist corruption as he works for a newspaper called the San Juan Star. He also becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman named Chenault (Amber Heard). Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson.
July 12th, 2011

Johnny Depp has purchased the rights to create a movie version of 70s TV show 'The Night Stalker'.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' star's company Infinitum Nihil will co-produce the film - based on the show about a Las Vegas tabloid journalist named Carl Kolchak who often discovers crimes are related back to zombies, vampires and aliens - with Disney, although no director or writers have yet been attached.

David Kennedy is set to be an executive producer on the movie, Deadline.com reports.

The original TV series - entitled 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' - ran from 1974 to 1975 and starred Darren McGavin as the lead character.

It is one of three films 48 year old Johnny currently has in the works based on a TV show - he will also star in Tim Burton's vampire movie 'Dark Shadows', currently filming with Chloe Moretz and Michelle Pfeiffer in London, and as Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger'.

The three-time Oscar-nominated actor was recently said to be close to signing up to a fifth instalment of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and will next be seen in 'The Rum Diary' with Giovanni Ribisi and Amber Heard.