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Michael De Luca Explains Why They're Remaking Fright Night

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January 16, 2010
Source: Collider

Fright Night

Last year it was announced that "Mad Men" writer/producer Marti Noxon would be writing a remake to the classic 1985 horror comedy Fright Night. Spielberg's DreamWorks is developing and Michael De Luca is producing the remake. When Collider caught up with De Luca and talked with him about all the projects he's working on, he asked him briefly about Fright Night as well. And his answer to why they're remaking it is just brilliant. Or at least that's what I think. The original Fright Night is about a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires. De Luca compares the scope and size of the film to Disturbia. So why remake it?

"And with Fright Night, with all the romantic vampire stuff going on with The Vampire Diaries and True Blood and Twilight, the most obvious. We thought it would be interesting if, in this atmosphere of the way the vampire is being portrayed right now as a romantic object, under the wire of all that in the culture the real thing moves in next door. And the real thing is a killer. Just a predator. It’s the shark from Jaws. On the outside it’s a seductive package and it looks like a human being, but it’s just about ripping your throat out and drinking your blood. And introducing that kind of vampire into the current environment."

I love it! Normally when you ask producers or executives about remakes, they don't know why they're even remaking it, besides that it's a property audiences are already familiar with. But this time, De Luca actually has a reason for bringing back Fright Night, and best of all it's a damn good reason. He wants to throw a big fat wrench into the vampire genre right now with some bloody, crazy killers instead of the glittery kind. And I, for one, support him on this venture. But then again, Daybreakers kind of tried to do the same, and it didn't do too well at the box office. Hopefully this one, with its comedy-horror twist, will fare much better.

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  • Yay for someone not exploiting a vampire's implied attractiveness! (Post Interview With a Vampire, that is...)
  • Fangs
    I have a better idea - with the current emo trend of crappy vampire flicks, why don't we simply sit down and put the original 1985 one on? First Showing...does this site just passively fall in love with any decision in Hollywood when a figure in the industry wiggle their ridiculous chins?
  • Trey Whitehead
    The whole "Shark Vampire" thing was done two years ago with 30 Days of Night. This is hardly a "new" concept. DeLuca has produced some great stuff over the years, so lets hope it's good.
  • Johnny Crow
    Fangs you're kind of a dick.
  • BlackTsChica
    Yeah I loved Fright Night and when Disturbia came out, I immediately saw the similarities. They were both fun. I'm curious to see what they will do with this version. I must say that Chris Sarandon had the best vampire walk. :) Go on with your bad self!
  • Frightened Inmate #2
    I remember seeing the original at the drive in back in the day, No big suprise there's a remake coming, To me no matter how good it will it be it will never measure up to the original.
  • JAY
    To #3...Ummmmm of course it is not a "new" concept it's a REMAKE! So I don't understand that point. I think the point that Alex is making is that if you are going to remake a movie...at least understand why, what your purpose is and how will your remake be it's OWN movie and not just a bland rehash. De Luca seems to have the point of this. I think this will be great...Marti Noxon is a phenomenal writer and the movie is already a great concept so I for one am ready for it. I can see Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr or even Jude Law being great as Jerry Dandridge
  • In-Rainbows
    Awesome! I love remakes! Everything should be remade! Why would anyone want to take a risk and come up with something original when you can just rehash ideas and movies?!? Awesome! I love remakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(*#&(!*&(*!#
  • mcduck
    personally i love the idea of remakes because there are some brilliant existing plots out there from the past i don't understand the remake hate
  • Ray
    Someone just needs to put Blade back in a movie just to show them how to get rid of these bastards!
  • sonnychiba1
    Fright Night was basically Hitchcocks Rear Window with vampires so if you want to get snotty you could technically call it a remake. However I'll give the new version the benefit of the doubt as I just want to see a real vampire flick and not an Emo lovefest.
  • Blade
    @Ray (#10) I'm with you, brotha. These suckas are now just getting annoying.
  • salber on cinema
    it's clear none of you have worked in a video store ( a BUILDING a person GOES to, to rent a movie) when a customer asks "do you have friday the 13th, and you say the "original or the remake" same is true with Halloween, a nightmare on elm street, taking of palham 123, karate kid and so on. maybe if we stop supporting these dreadful remakes, hollywood screenwriters and producers would have to come up with an original idea. god help us all.
  • DoomCanoe
    i think he was told to say that. he knew a lot of people would eat that shit up. i saw Thirst earlier this year and that's all i needed from vampire movies.
  • Nuika
    Love the idea but it's not exactly original...hope the director can put a trademark that separates this movie from those of a similar plot and theme.
  • Chris Sarandon was quite possibly the baddest of the bad and one charming mofo to boot. I don't know who'll wind up as Jerry Dandridge 2.0, but honestly, he's nothing without that slick ass Grey trenchcoat. That was P-I-M-P. If I may toss a quote from one great vamp flick to sum up my opinion on this remake... Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill. Cheers, Derek M High Exalted Grand Poobah DLM Entertainment
  • OhPlease
    I'll end up seeing it, of course, but I'll never forsake ye olde 1985 'Fright Night'. "Oh, you're so cool Brewster!"
  • Joe DeVito
    Hooray for Mike DeLuca! Good answer. I love Fright Night, and based on how they seem to understand that movie, a remake is very welcome here. Based on the movie BLADE (thanks again to DeLuca), I'm reassured I will be able to finally enjoy a vampire movie again without feeling like a creepy stalker surrounded by teenage girls who, honestly, could care less about vampires. Mike, how about making the Spider-Man reboot? Please.
  • Justin
    Love the original and love the reasoning in remaking it. Usually I hate the idea of remakes because there is no originality left in the world, that's a sad fact I've come to live with. However, the reasoning behind remaking Fright Night just to take a jab and an upper cut at friggin Twilight and the horrible concept and acting that goes along with that piece of crap saga is awesome. Loved Daybreakers, that was an interesting and new concept to look at on the whole vampires category so I'll definately be going to see Fright Night remake.

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