If 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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