Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World director Edgar Wright has signed on to direct The Night Stalker for Walt Disney Pictures and producer/star Johnny Depp.

The project was initially set up through Disney and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil banner last summer. The thriller is based on a 1972 TV movie of the same name, which starred Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak, a journalist who begins tracking a serial killer, only to discover the murderer is actually a vampire. The TV movie spawned the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which debuted in 1974. Johnny Depp will play Carl Kolchak, although no other cast members are attached yet.

The Night Stalker doesn't have a screenwriter in place as of yet, although that will likely change soon with Edgar Wright attached. Johnny Depp will produce with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski. It isn't known when production may start on The Night Stalker.