Screenwriter Named as Fright Night Remake Inches Forward

Marti Noxon to Write Fright Night ReduxIf there’s anything that can make the prospect of a Fright Night remake by DreamWorks more palatable, it’s the name of the screenwriter who’s been tapped for the redux – Marti Noxon. Ms. Noxon has been in the business of writing about vamps and how best to bring them down since 1997, when she started working on the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” over the course of 23 episodes.

Most recently Noxon has been honing her craft on AMC’s “Mad Men”, where she also serves as a consulting producer.

DreamWorks first obtained the rights to Fright Night back in May of this year along with co-producers Michael De Luca, Michael Gaeta, and Alison Rosenzweig. According to The Hollywood Reporter DreamWorks executive Mark Sourian is overseeing for the studio.

The original, released in 1985, was written and directed by Tom Holland and starred Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, and William Ragsdale. Ragsdale played a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires. The new version will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects.

Noxon’s presence definitely ups the odds of this not totally sucking (pun intended) so we’re keeping an open mind while waiting for a director and the major cast members to be announced.

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  • AngryChairr

    So, I’m not gonna throw my hat in with the He-Man, Woman Hater’s Club, but I will say this: she’s not the right person for this.

    What made Fright Night so awesome was how it was a loving tribute to both traditional vampire stories and Hammer Dracula movies. It lovingly embraced all the awesomely bad cliches of vampire movies and ran with them. It also didn’t shirk on making vampires the very definition of evil. Dandridge had some sympathetic moments, but in the end he was still very much evil.

    Buffy was always too concerned with defying genre expectations and sending up cliches. The overly jokey nature also deflated anything resembling scary. The show was never scary. Ever. It also bought into the vampire as a tragic hero motif, which to me was always a terrible idea, regardless of writer, from day one. I don’t like altruistic vampires. For that, I could never get into Buffy because of characters like Angel. I want my vampires to be exactly like Dandridge.

    I don’t mind including the sex appeal but most writers miss the reason behind it entirely. Vampires aren’t sexy because they’re brooding, tragic figures. They aren’t sexy because they’re pale, skinny Gap models. They’re sexy in the same way a gun or a knife is sexy to some people; it’s the danger behind them that draws the appeal. The writers of the original story got this with Dandridge. He had his charming aspects, but what intensified his sex appeal in the movie was the danger behind his character. It’s what also turned Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee into sex symbols. And even I can recognize this as a straight man. I see that being lost here. Buffy rarely understood this. No modern vampire film has for a long time. It’s either tragic bros with stubble and longing stares, or pale, emaciated goth dudes in tight leather.

  • Heather Buckley

    And out of writers… Joyce Carol Oates would kick any man’s ass.

  • TheFritz

    FUCK REMAKES! Write and produce some original content Hollywood! Just what exactly was that stupid writers strike a few years ago for anyway? Did they not manage to negotiate ‘original ideas’ into their new contract? “Oh, but let’s make sure we get money for clips put on YouTube, because we’re owed our credit, don’t cha know.” WHAT THE FUCK!!!

    • AriesofPitt

      TESTIFY!! Can I get a witness? LOL, seriously though, nice point!!

      • TheFritz

        Thanks pal! I don’t know how the writer’s sex makes a bit of difference when the real issue here is another classic genre film getting ass-raped my modern Hollywood. It’s pathetic!

        Any self-respecting writer should be ashamed of themselves for bastardizing another artists work. Especially one that obviously doesn’t need the money (Marti Noxon’s been writing and producing consistently for quite some time). This is just another case example of the rampant greed in Hollywood and this kind of garbage should get boycotted by an self-proclaimed genre fan, not supported!

  • kiddcapone

    Super…maybe the Teen Beat vampires will turn human again from blood transfusions while PG-13 mayhem ensues…

    • Elf

      Actually, Fright Night was very “R” rated with breast shots and the whole blood drinking as sex metaphor. At least with Noxin writing it she’ll keep Jerry Dandridge sexy as hell and can balance the whole horror/tongue-in-cheek angle. Which, like Buffy, Fright Night had a perfect blend of.

      Now instead of terrified of this remake, I’m intrigued with how it’ll be handled. After all, its one of the best vampire movies ever made.

      • kiddcapone

        I’m well aware of Fright Night being rated R, it’s one of my all-time favorite movies.

        I’m also well aware of the weak attempts at horror throughout the years by women in the genre. Near Dark was bullshit. Twilight is garbage. American Psycho sucked. Freddy’s Dead was the weakest Nightmare film in the series. And Buffy was made-for-tv PG-13 teen crap that didn’t interest me in the slightest.

        Why should any horror loving male care about Noxin keeping Jerry Dandridge “sexy as hell” ??? Out of all the reasons I love the original Fright Night, I can’t say that was one of them.

        • The Woman In Black

          Near Dark was bullshit and American Psycho sucked? Really? I obviously didn’t get that memo. And as for Buffy, anyone who writes it off as “teen crap” without watching the whole series doesn’t have a leg to stand on. It was one of the best TV series — horror or otherwise — ever.

          • Emy

            Thank you!

            I refrained from commenting as I was mad and would have been quite mean to him…

            American Psycho was great and I loved Near Dark (I haven’t watched it in a while but I’m pretty sure I would like it still).

          • kiddcapone

            I love when women flock together after their place in the genre is called into question. It’s not about being sexist or female bashing, it’s just calling a spade a spade. I did enjoy Pet Sematary and I think Anne Rice is a talented writer. I give credit where it’s due, regardless of gender. But as a whole, most things done in the horror genre by women suck.

            Near Dark is a piece of garbage. Blood transfusions. Really? That’s as corny as sparkling vampires in Twilight. Now we’re talking about keeping “sexy” vampires in Fright Night? I’m not even gonna get into Buffy. A bunch of WB network pinup models. It was like 90210 with PG-13 monsters. No thank you.

          • The Woman In Black

            Right … because you don’t EVER want to see a little female T&A in any of the films you watch and think everybody should be as ugly as possible.

            But back to Marti and what’s she’s capable of — Have you ever watched Mad Men? If so, do you feel the quality of her episodes is below that of her male counterparts? If not, then how about waiting to see what she does with Fright Night before passing judgment on what she might come up with?

          • AriesofPitt

            Roar!! LOL

          • kiddcapone

            I honestly couldn’t care less to see T&A in my horror films. I’m 35, not 13, looking to see nice “boobies”. Everyone shouldn’t be “ugly as possible” but realistic would be nice. Shows like Buffy, 90210, Melrose, Dawson’s Creek, The OC, etc, only serve one purpose: Attract the teen demographic. They get teens & pre-teens to cream their pants over sexy young actors. The only thing that seperated Buffy from those other shows was the horror element. Just like Dark Shadows. Sure, it had a vampire, but it was STILL just a soap opera.

            But yes, back to Marti. I’m not passing judgement, just assuming the worst based on past history. Can she prove me wrong? Absolutely! But I’m not holding my breath. Women by nature are more compassionate and loving, and it shines through. I don’t care about love stories. I don’t care about “sexy” vampires. Yet you put a pen in the hands of a woman writer and you get sparkling vampires, blood sucking undead vampires turning human by blood transfusions, and Buffy and her spunky sidekick Willow falling in love with sexy bad guy Angel. Blah blah fucking blah.

            I don’t prefer PG-13 horror and I’m not impressed with the past efforts of female writers/directors, but that’s just based on past experience. It’s nothing personal. I have nothing against the female race.

            Yikes. Lucky for me there’s not a large amount of handicapped horror writers/directors that suck. I’d have a mob of angry gimps in wheelchairs trying to run me down.

          • Heather Buckley

            You put a pen in the hand of Mary Shelley and she writes Frankenstein.

          • kiddcapone

            And if Mary Shelley comes back from the dead and writes the Fright Night remake, maybe I’d have a little more faith in it. I did mention several times there’s exceptions to the rule..

            As it stands right now, we’ve got the chick who wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Grey’s Anatomy, Point Pleasant, Brother’s and Sisters, Private Practice, and Mad Men.

            YAY! What could possibly go wrong ?? Her contributions to the horror genre are legendary!

          • Heather Buckley

            I would just be concerned about the “SNARK” factor. But I believe that is generational.

            If you want you and I can go dig up Mary, maybe she can write a remake of I Spit on Your Grave I Piss on Your Corpse starring the cast of the Gilmore Girls and HOUSE. BOX OFFICE GOLD SON!

          • The Woman In Black

            Buffy is indeed legendary (and Mad Men, while not horror, does have a very dark side), but since you refuse to dig any deeper than surface appearances, there’s really no point in further debating the matter.

          • kiddcapone

            The only reason to not debate it any further is the fact you’re blinded by your own personal opinion as if it trumps all. Buffy is legendary? In what bizarro universe? Some television shows ARE legendary. Happy Days. I love Lucy. Cheers. Star Trek. Mash. Sorry, but Buffy the fucking Vampire is NOT one of them. Only to you and a select few at best.

            We’re talking about the prospects of some woman writing a quality R rated horror film. And the funny thing is you think her experience writing a tv drama about a 60’s era ad agency qualifies her to write horror. Buffy and Angel does not count no matter how much you loved the shows. They were the equivalent to the Goosebumps books. Lame candycoated PG-13 cornball made-for-tv show targeted at the teen crowd.

          • Heather Buckley

            Near Dark is damned amazing. American Psycho is solid. Do not knock a film because a woman was involved in it young man. Did you hate Pet Semetary too? And Deb is the most HARDCORE horror woman. \M/