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Is Johnny Depp playing Kolchak?

I like Johnny Depp. I think he’s a talented guy. But I don’t like how he’s become the go-to guy for any and every genre role out there, when the genre is either Horror or dark Fantasy. Could be I’ve just seen him in one too many such offerings; how many Tim Burton movies has he acted in now? 34, I think. I want to yell at Hollywood en masse, “There are other actors out there! Good ones! How about a little variety? Is that too much to ask?” Or it could be that, after Depp’s and Burton’s abominably bad DARK SHADOWS riff-off (You like my combining of the words “riff” and “rip-off” to create a new term? I’m sure I’m the first person who’s ever though to do that.) I simply can’t stomach to see him do ANYthing that ISN’T a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie.

This news, that Edgar Wright, the supposed-to-be director of ANT-MAN, was going to be doing a remake of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, and that Depp would be playing the titular character, is a little old. Is the deal still on? I dunno. I DO know that it would be hard for me to accept Depp in the role. I don’t think he can pull off the likeable, slightly klutzy, wisecracking everyman-turned-monster-slayer character as well as did Darren McGavin. Then again, to be fair, I don’t think ANYbody could play the part as well as McGavin. He WAS Kolchak. If they’re gonna try a remake, though, I wish they’d go with somebody besides Depp.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • January 5, 2017

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