Fright Night is one of those classic 1980's horror films that really has no business being remade. Not that it's an untouchable kind of film, it's just why? There's really no point. If a studio wants to make a dark comedic vampire movie then why not develop an original idea? I loved the original film, but it's not like there a huge fan base for it.
The film is being developed by DreamWorks, and it's a high priority for them. According to the LA Times a director is currently in negotiations to develop the film. The directors name is Craig Gillespie, who also helmed the great little 2007 indie comedy Lars and the Real Girl. Gillespie hasn't directed a horror film before so this will be a first for him.
We previously reported that the film is being written by Marti Noxon. She is a writer and producer on the hit TV show Mad Men, she has also been a writer/producer on hit shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
The original film followed a horror movie buff named Charlie Brewster, who believes that his next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge is a vampire. His belief is strengthened when mysterious deaths of girls are reported. When Dandridge confronts Charlie in his own bedroom one night and tries to kill him, Charlie concludes that the monster must be destroyed. But since nobody believes his story, he enlists the help of Peter Vincent, the vampire killer from his favorite horror TV show, who is in fact sceptical about vampires existing for real.
If you haven't seen the original film yet you should give it a whirl, I think you would enjoy it. But this remake is just another studio's attempt to cash in on the current vampire fad in hollywood.