Anton Yelchin Starring in DreamWorks' Fright Night Remake
by Alex Billington
April 6, 2010
Are you ready for Disturbia: Part 2? Heat Vision has announced that Anton Yelchin will start in (Steven Spielberg's) DreamWorks' remake of Fright Night, the cult 1985 vampire film. As was reported earlier this year, Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie is helming the remake, which will start shooting later this year. While they are quite different, everyone is comparing this remake to Disturbia, which has a similar premise and also starred a young up-and-coming actor (Shia LaBeouf). Yelchin was also just cast as Clumsy Smurf in Sony's hybrid The Smurfs movie. I'm sure more casting for Fright Night is still on the way.
Fright Night, like the original, follows Charley Brewster, a teen who is convinced that his new neighbor is a vampire, although no one will believe him. While this version will keep the comedy-horror tone, the effects will obviously be modernized, although it doesn't look like it'll be 3D (phew!). In a previous post, producer Michael De Luca explained that they wanted to re-introduce the "killer" vampire again in a world with so many romantic vampires, which gives me some hope for this. Yelchin is a great actor and I will be looking forward to seeing what he can do in this along with Gillespie behind the lens. Stay tuned for more updates!
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Eh... I don't like very many comedy/horrors much. But I'll tune in for this one.
Daniel Felts on Apr 6, 2010
Here's a little bit of advise to the idiots saying this is going to be like Disturbia. Disturbia was a rip off of the "Original Fright Night."...they just replaced the Vampire with a serial killer. But what ever happened to the original premise of this movie....it would of set it apart from other remakes. The whole idea of the main character going to the Original actor Chris Sarandon who played the vampire in the " Original Fright Night" for help because a real vampire has moved in next to him. Not sure if they are still doing this because if the characters name is Charley Brewster like in the original film, then they are obviously just doing a straight up remake
CORNBOY on Apr 6, 2010
This movie was comedy till the last section then went horror and I loved it! Disturbia? Seriously? People need to be educated. This movie isn't old enough to be remade but then again they are redoing Spider-Man already. *sigh* NET!!! flix
tra la la la la di da on Apr 6, 2010
Dont think I'll even bother with this. Just watch the original.
Frightened Inmate #2 on Apr 6, 2010
I will give Anton a chance to make the lead believable. He is a talented kid. And yes, you have to have Chris in this.....I would even go as far as make him one of the Vampire's "keepers"...... Must haves great role in this. Chris made the original!! If Roddy is around, give him a cameo too!
Dan the Man on Apr 6, 2010
DISTURBIA isnt even a pimple on the ass of the original FRIGHT NIGHT.
Uberman on Apr 6, 2010
#5 Roddy McDowall died 12 YEARS AGO. Not likely a cameo opportunity, but if Orson Welles can resurface in a flick, I suppose anything's possible. While the thought of remaking my favorite vampire movie ever makes me want to hurt people, I think this Yelchin kid can do well with the part. Now, the casting of Jerry Dandridge needs to be handled delicately. I'm not sure who could pull it off without slipping into full on cheese mode, but here's a thought. Why not Chris Sarandon again? Vampires are supposed to be old and shit, right? He could be a silver tongued vampire. A little bit of gray and you're good to go. Personally, I think the majority of remakes should burn in hell for all time (with few exceptions) but nothing is sacred anymore, so I just have to sit on my hands and save my outrage for another time. On a side note, the soundtrack and that sweetass pimpin Grey Leather Trenchcoat need to return to make this remake even close to being worth a damn. Derek M High Exalted Grand Poobah DLM Entertainment
DLM Entertainment on Apr 7, 2010
@DLM Amen to that! The soundtrack kicked ass yes! Evelyn Champayne King's "Give it up" and the haunting "Come to me" tracks are most memorable for sure.....I still have them on my iPod for Chrissakes!!! Stuck in 80s you say??!! Nah, we great movies from that era that's all - Red Dawn is another remake that better not suck.....Already seen the butchered Clash of the Titans and left bewildered. DTM
Dan the Man on Apr 7, 2010
Please not another remake, I guess this sounds better than the remake of Nightmare on elm street, but still, the original was great.
Chase on Apr 7, 2010
Of course another remake :rolleyes: Next.
M on Apr 7, 2010
@#2. Wasn't Disturbia a rip off Rear Window?
wm on Apr 7, 2010
Actually, Disturbia is a remake/variant of Hitchcock's 1954 Rear Window, not Fright Night.
friiight niiight on Apr 8, 2010
Hmmph = can anyone think who can pull off the scene in the remake like in the original below (as Dandridge that is) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B5HzueNeOE&feature=PlayList&p=8F181BDEC2608EC5&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=29
Dan the Man on Apr 10, 2010
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