Back in March Screen Rant reported on yet another horror remake to be put into the works with Dreamworks' Fright Night. At the time the producers had been put in place but no writer. Jump forward 8 months and a writer has been found in the form of Marti Noxon, who's a regular writer on AMC's classy Mad Men, as well as having worked on the hit vampire series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The original Fright Night was written and directed by Tom Holland (Child's Play, The Langoliers) back in 1985, and was about a teenager (William Ragsdale) who discovers his new next door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. However, he's the only one who knows it, as no one will believe him.
I remember the original Fright Night pretty well, although I can't seem to recall the comedy element from the "horror-comedy" label that's being thrown around to describe it. Maybe I need to watch it again before this remake hits the silver screen... The Hollywood Reporter says the film will keep the horror-comedy tone while modernizing the effects.
The annoyance of Fright Night being yet another remake in the works aside, they certainly have got a well-suited writer for it in Noxon. Mad Men may not resemble the type of film this should be, but her history of writing and producing both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off show, Angel, will serve this remake well (at least as well as possible).
Producers on Fright Night are Michael De Luca, Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig, and Mark Sourian is overseeing the project for the studio.
Will Fright Night be one of the rare horror remakes that's actually worth watching? Well there's always a chance, and with the writer they have on this I'd say the chances are considerably higher than they would otherwise be. Having said that, there's always a chance it could suck as much as the tons of other remakes out there. Let's hope for the more positive of the two.
What do you think of the writer they've got for the Fright Night remake? Is this remake worthy or is it just another in a long line that should be left unmade?
No release date has been set for Fright Night yet.