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Colin Farrell Joining 'Fright Night' Remake & 'Horrible Bosses'

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May 10, 2010
Source: Deadline

Colin Farrell

After turning in a solid performance as a country singer in the indie drama Crazy Heart, it looks like Colin Farrell is headed back to the studio for some acting work despite the fact that his last studio film, Miami Vice, was a massive failure on nearly every level. Deadline says the actor is returning to studios in a big way with not one, but two very different roles. First, he will take on the role of a charming vampire in the Craig Gillespie directed remake of Fright Night, then he'll move on to star in the Seth Gordon directed comedy Horrible Bosses with fellow comedic actor Paul Rudd. Guess which one of these I actually care about?

If you guessed the Fright Night remake, then you are sorely mistaken. If there is one thing I hate more than a remake, it's a remake of an 80's horror film that is just fine the way it's remembered. Farrell joins Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette in this story about a charismatic vampire who tries to convince his film obsessed neighbor that he is a vampire who has come to suck as much blood as he can, thereby eradicating plenty of human life. Though Farrell seems like he'll fit the part well, I just can't say I'm invested in this remake at all.

The project I'm excited to have Farrell join is this comedy with Paul Rudd, Horrible Bosses. Though director Seth Gordon dropped a few levels of cool by following The King of Kong with Four Christmases, maybe he's got some good comedic sensibilities in his head just waiting to work their magic. The film focuses on a trio of employees who plot to murder their titular tyrannical supervisors. While it's unclear if Farrell will be one of the plotters or one of the bosses, I'd much rather see him play a slimy supervisor. Either way, In Bruges proved that Farrell has decent comedic timing and delivery so this will be a performance to look forward to.

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  • JAY
    Will you dudes please stop WHINING about remakes! Get over it!! We love movies, this is the phase they are going through now so let's watch the movies and judge them based on their individual quality and not have some pre arranged hatred towards them because they are remaking a movie you loved when you were 12. Marti Noxon has written the script, Anton Yelchin is the lead and I am very interested in Colin as Dandridge(at worse I think he will be good at best he could be brilliant!). Now all we need to know is who is playing Peter Vincent....Eddie Izzard?? Ricky Gervais?? This movie has surprise awesomeness written all over
  • Dad
    I have recently became a fan of Colin Farrel after seeing him in In Bruges and will continue to see how his career goes. On a side note, I recommend everyone give Miami Vice a second screening. That film has some of the best pacing, I though it was awesome the second go round!
  • lego
    will people stop whining about people whining about remakes. if you dont like what ppl write on their own sites, dont read it. that aside colin farrell has been doing great since Cassandras Dream, imo. im excited for both.
  • Great googa mooga... NO!!! Hollywood, you make me "Baby shaking mad" once again.
  • Professor Brian O'Blivion
    I am a big "Fright Night" fan, and I am so far impressed with the talent (both on and off screen) this remake has behind it. Am I happy about it being re-made, not really. But, so far it seems to have some good folks involved. Secondly, "Fright Night" is about a boy who has a vampire move in next door to him. The vampire finds out the boy knows his identity and tries to convince him otherwise, as do his friend and girlfriend. With the help of a quirky vampire film legend, the boy must stop the vampire who kidnaps his girlfriend. Just FYI.
  • crumb
    In Bruges was the best film of 2008. That plus The New World, Cassandra's Dream and Crazy Heart made me highly interested in what he was going to do next. but a big studio movie again? blah. bad move.
  • Linkfx
    Miami Vice was a great misunderstood classic, while in no way as great as public enemies, still stylistically beautiful with great acting and meditative editing. Also, it more than made it's money back so it was not a financial failure even if it wasn't a mega success. Addtionally, for a rated R film it did really well.
  • I don't buy Farrell as Jerry Dandridge. But then again, I never thought Tom Cruise could pull off a successful vampire movie, but Interview With the Vampire Rocked! I'm not crazy about the casting of Farrell or Toni Colette, but I do like the idea of Anton Yelchin. Anybody except that douche muffin Shia LeBeef or whatever the hell his name is. Now, they still have to cast Amy, Mistah VinCENT (sorry, couldn't resist) and of course Evil Ed. However all of this is naught if they don't have the sweet ass grey leather trenchcoat. No coat, no f'n Fright Night!
  • Ross
    I really think Farrell could be one of the best actors of his time. In Bruges blew me away I think he just picked some bad films like Alexander along the way which stalled his career a bit but maybe I'm biased (being Irish like)
  • Lee
    Farrell will do fine! It's a matter of fans of the original not shooting it down before viewing it. The first comment by Jay is spot on. This is the time of remakes, so stop whining about it. Watch the film first before having a coronary about it.
  • 1544K
    I'm a fan of the original and the casting seems to be great but I question why? Why not focus the creativity of orignial work? Wonder who'll play Peter and Evil....
  • JAY
    I really don't think it matters who plays Evil. It is not like that part is so difficult you have to cast an Academy Award winner! Any young actor could play that part. He just has to be weird and likable. Peter is the much more important role to cast. As the movie is all about him, Jerry and Charlie
  • Sharlto
    #6 thank you someone else enjoyed The New World
  • Dandooo
    Mc lovin, perfect..
  • vladimir
    I guess I'm the only one who thought Farrell in In Bruges was highly overrated....i didnt buy his emotions at all. I saw a lot of mechanical control of the face to resemble emotions but nothing truthful came through that. He's been maturing after that, I liked his subtle turn in Crazy Heart as a country singer. But in Parnassus he really exposed how undeveloped he is as an actor in comparison to Depp and Heath.
  • Nice, I was wondering where this guy went. Hopefully these movies are good.

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