Whether you like it or not, a remake of the 1985 cult-horror movie Fright Night is on the way. And to properly clue us in on what the plot of the remake is, Bloody-Disgusting provides us with the first official synopsis for the project.
Fright Night is one of those movies that was inevitably going to get remade at some point or another, in spite of or perhaps even because of how fondly people remember the tongue-in-cheek original. In the end, if there's a possibility to make money on a safe(ish) bet, then Hollywood will take full advantage.
For just about any remake to work, one of the things it has to do is update certain aspects of the film for a modern audience (whether that be plot, setting, characters, dialogue etc.) and Fright Night is certainly no different. Probably the most significant change is that the remake transports events from the quiet suburbs to the bustling city of Las Vegas, something which will certainly give the new version of the story a much different feel than the original.
However, as you'll see from the official synopsis the basic story has been kept intact. Take a look:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice.
After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
The initial idea of a Fright Night remake angered some fans but all the details that have come out about the film so far have actually been very encouraging. The cast in particular is as diverse as it is intriguing, sporting the likes of Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation, Star Trek), Toni Collette, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Colin Farrell, the latter playing the "vampire next door" role made famous by Chris Sarandon in the original.
Speaking of Sarandon, we heard awhile back that he'd have a a supporting role as a "Chris Angel type," presumably being some sort of illusionist in Las Vegas (perhaps he'll play a showmen competing with David Tennant's character?). Dread Central is now reporting from a "trusted source close to the production" that Sarandon will definitely have a role in the film, although it's described as a cameo, so his appearance will likely be no more than a few minutes long as a sort of wink to fans of the original.
I think it goes without saying that the vampire genre is extremely popular right now thanks to properties like The Twilight Saga, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, so it's not at all surprising that now is when a Fright Night remake is coming out of the woodwork. The question is whether this remake can bring anything new to the table or whether it'll just cash in on the popularity of the bloodsuckers (vampires, not Hollywood execs :-P). I see no reason at this point why it will end up being the latter, but that's just me.
Fright Night has already finished filming under the direction of Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) from a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy). It is set to open in 3D and regular theaters on August 19th, 2011.