Those wishing for the remake train to come to a screeching halt shouldn’t hold their breath. The trend is moving forward at full speed and just one of the many remakes in the works at the moment is that of the 1980s horror film, Fright Night, about a teenager who discovers his new neighbor is a vampire.
The remake has already racked up some talent, including director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), writer Marti Noxon (Buffy) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Toni Collette and most recently Colin Farrell, who will play the menacing vampire.
Today we have some more information about Fright Night: Variety reports that the setting of the movie will change from the quiet suburbs to the bustling city of Las Vegas. That may not seem like a big deal, but it will likely change the whole vibe of the story.
Those who are sick of the whole vampire romance of The Twilight Saga will be glad to hear that Fright Night will go in a totally different direction. Variety says the remake will have a more badass vampire than the current popular trend showcases. “He’s a much more ‘Jaws’-like vampire in the Amblin tradition,” said writer Marti Noxon.
Shock Till You Drop is also reporting that a familiar face from the original Fright Night will have a supporting role in the remake. Chris Sarandon, who you may remember as vampire Jerry Dandrige, will play a “Chris Angel-type,” presumably in a Vegas show. Originally STYD heard that he’d play Peter Vincent, the man who helped defeat the vampire in the original, but that’s turned out to be untrue.
However, in the original Fright Night Peter Vincent was an actor on a TV show, so it’s entirely plausible that Sarandon’s ‘Chris Angel’ character could be the remake’s version of Vincent, a performer who ultimately lends a helping hand in killing the vampire.
At first I was annoyed they were remaking Fright Night but I must admit that line-up of talent has done a lot to sway me…
What do you make of the new details about the Fright Night remake? Are you happy about the change in setting? And what do you think Chris Sarandon’s “Chris Angel-type” role will be exactly?
Fright Night will likely begin shooting this July and presumably will have its release sometime in 2011.
Source: Variety and Shock Till You Drop