Remake Of Fright Night Is In The Works

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:40 pm,

fright night Remake Of Fright Night Is In The Works

At the beginning of this year it was rumored that Sony was looking to do a remake of the 1985 movie, Fright Night, and I was hovering, waiting for the official news.  But alas, they couldn’t find a decent enough script and nothing came of it.

That’s all changed now that vampires are in vogue on the silver screen.  Everyone is turning everything into a vampire.  I’m just waiting for someone to turn Snow White into a vampire and call it an alternate origins movie.  (And we thought it was crazy last year?)

Well the Fright Night remake is in the works – DreamWorks that is.

The original Fright Night was written and directed by Tom Holland and was coined a horror comedy. It was about a teenager named Charley Brewster who discovers that his neighbor is a vampire, and no one believes him.  You couldn’t blame anyone though,  Charley had a very whiney way of conveying his issues.

For the remake, no writer has yet been attached, but the studio says they’re looking to keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects. That’s intense, considering the effects were not bad for its day.  I think that the effects were good then and they would stand up today compared to most small screen efforts.

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Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films are producing the Fright Night remake along with Michael De Luca.

DreamWorks rarely covers the horror genre and can you blame them?  They didn’t have a ton of success with The Uninvited or The Ruins, but they keep eyeballing the monetary success they had with the remake of The Ring and it’s sequel, both of which grossed the studio $390 million worldwide.  Everyone is looking for that independent mega-hit.

The co-president of production for DreamWorks, Mark Sourian is overseeing the Fright Night remake.

The Conjecture Of It All

In this era of remakes, I’m not sure about sticking to the original outline of horror comedy.  Sure it had moments, but I never saw it with the twinge of comedy.  Are they trying to save face by adding comedy to the label?  The movie had it’s drab moments but the active moments of character confrontations from the film scarred me for life (in a good way!) and I have a fondness for a movie that allows me to watch it again, and again.

To be honest, if they took the tone that The Ring brought us and overlay it on the original story we’d have a pretty intense remake that might improve on the original.  But then would the remake stand out amongst the hundreds of remakes and vampire movies oozing out of the dark shadows of studios these days?  Unless they got lucky, and landed Alex O’Loughlin who not only has vampire experience on his resume, but an incredible range of character delivery skills.

I presume that they would need top notch talent heading the project for O’Loughlin to join.  (I can dream, can’t I?)  No offense to the creative team in place, but I’m not seeing much in the way of experience as they’ll need to follow in their production partners footsteps, that of Micheal De Luca.  De Luca has experience, but if you’ve seen The Love Guru or Ghost Rider, then you see why I’m not holding my breath.

Let’s see if they land a good writer.  Maybe we twist it up and get Joss Whedon on this one? (That’s me dreaming again.)  In the meantime, who do you think would fit the different parts from the old movie, in today’s list of available acting talent?  Megan Fox can play Amy.  All Amy does is get hypnotized and walk around in a trance once the movie gets rolling!  And we’d love to watch Megan do that!

Let’s hear your two cents ScreenRant readers.  That’s what we’re here for.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I think its a good idea to have Megan Fox play Amy. I heard they already have someone playing Charley. Theres this guy named Felix Ryan who I think should play Evil Ed. I recently saw his videos. He is hilarious as a nerd and also play evil characters. Has great facial expressions. ummm… for Peter, thats a difficult choice.

  2. I agree with Megan Fox as amy if she can pull off an innocent look and not too fierce. I searched Felix Ryan and I saw his pictures and he can pull of both nerdy/weird and also scary/intense. Not a bad choice. As far as Peter, I think Robin Williams could pull it off as a comedic/horror Peter. I heard Anton yelchin got cast for Charley so I think those 4 should be great together

    • Megan Fox is too beautiful for Charlie, who’s suppose to be average looking, even kind of a nerd. You need to find an actress that’s average looking but can still look very pretty once a vampire. With the proper casting director, it can be easy to find. We have to believe that a girl like that could fall for a boy like that… How about Sir Ian McKellen (Aka Gandalf)for the part of Peter Vincent? To find somebody with as much charisma as Chris Sarandon will be hard, though. Maybe Jason Isaacs?

  3. i dont know.. to be honest i probably would go with someone other than megan fox. maybe scarlett jo hanson or something. yeah i dont know who that guy Felix is but he seems pretty good. We need a new face and I think he can pull it off. and i dont think robin williams would be good for this film. need someone more serious. maybe the guy from Monk.

  4. How about we shake things up a bit and go with Morgan Freeman as Peter Vincent or maybe, if he is still active despite his age, how bout Christopher Lee? To me, it was the Character of Jerry Dandridge that will be the most delicate to cast. Chris Sarandon was marvelous and what he brought to the sceen will not be easily replicated. Good luck with that!

  5. I’m 13 and I think that the original is just fine. In fact, it’s my fav. movie! I’m really upset about the remake because it’s a bad idea. You cant replace Peter Vincent and Evil Ed! By the way, Megan Fox would suck as Amy!

  6. As long as they don’t put any of those losers (guy vampires) from Twightlight I MIGHT go see it. I think Megan Fox could help bring in viewers but the original was totally awesome! The old days of Tom Cruise in An Interview with a vampire and fright night, etc….are dead and gone.
    Let the genre die already….my 2 cents

  7. there going to film fright knight at my house

  8. This is a mistake! There are certain movies that you just DON’T remake. They are perfect JUST as they are. Can you, seriously, imagine a remake of Gone with the Wind? Even if it WAS done, it wouldn’t work – the original would outshine it – and that will be the same case here. Chris Sarandon WAS Jerry Dandrige. And they’re actually going to try to replace Roddy McDowall?!? Are you kidding me? There are SO many other options out there – this is just a studio flushing it’s money down the toilet. Mark my words – if they make this film, it will FLOP!

  9. Usually I don’t mind remakes but fright night is one of my favorite vampire movies of all time I just hope the new doesnt mess up the original which is a classic. It will be interesting to see Colin Farrell play the next door neighbor.

  10. horrible, horrible idea, this movie is amazing, and no one could replace the cast that it had in the 80′s, keep it as it is, making a remake will ruin the original for me, but thats just my opinion, i refuse to see the remake due to the fact that i don’t want to think any less of one of my favorite movies, again, thats my opinion.

  11. Lets face it people everything the past 10 years has been remakes! I LOVE Fright Night and no I dont think this new one will be as great as the original BUT… I love David Tennant who is gonna be Peter and I think he will be great in this role . Do I think better than Roddy? Heck no !! The original rocked! But I gotta tell you the rest of the cast …i just dont know about. Scarlet Johansen or Megan Fox ? Big fat NO to both! Act our way out of a paper bag? Dont think so….. Lets get a young attractive (Not super model) girl who can act. Colin as Jerry ? Dont like it .Chris made you want to drop top and bare neck and stake him at the same time . Colin……dont see it happening.

  12. Sigh… I hate to do it, but I’m all about the truth. Here’s my snarky review of the Fright Night remake. The truth hurts.

    http://hisambereyes.blogspot.com/2011/08/ball-less-vampires-with-fang.html