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DreamWorks Adds Colin Farrell and Toni Collette to Fright Night

DreamWorks Adds Colin Farrell and Toni Collette to Fright NightFor the naysayers who thought DreamWorks might not be taking its Fright Night remake seriously enough, check out the names of the two latest stars to sign up for the film: Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell as Jerry and Emmy winner Toni Collette as Mrs. Brewster.

Per THR’s Heat Vision Blog the two join Anton Yelchin in the new version, which sticks to the original concept of a teen (Yelchin) being convinced that his new neighbor is a vampire, though no one will believe him.

Farrell has the plum role of the vampire, named Jerry, who on the surface appears to be a cool guy but is really preying on the neighborhood. Chris Sarandon played the role in the 1985 pic.

Collette is Yelchin’s mom, who at first disapproves of the new arrival but changes her attitude when she meets the magnetic man and — surprise — doesn’t believe her son when he tries to tell her Jerry is a vampire.

As we reported previously, Lars and the Real Girl‘s Craig Gillespie has officially signed on to take the directorial reins and will be shooting from a script by Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Michael De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig are producing.

Keep it here for more on Fright Night as it comes.

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  • Vanvance1

    I know this will be crap because Marti Noxon never once turned in a good Buffy script.

    I watched the entire series (even the abysmal first season) and I always pay attention to who wrote what. Noxon’s episodes were consistently weak.

  • Tshoffie

    This whole deal saddens me. Horror is in real trouble right now and i hope one day people will realize it and wake up and do something about it

    • Terminal

      I’d love to continue saying that horror fans deserve better, but we prove time and time again all we need is nice blood and pretty lights and we’re entertained. Hollywood has it on the money about us. We’re easily entertained, easily distracted, and easily robbed.

      Hell, even I’M a little enticed by the casting of Yelchin and Collette, two gifted actors, but I’m not falling for it all over again. Not anymore. I’m being selective from now on. Let them eat cake.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • LifeMi

    The casting of Farrell and Collette got me curious; I’ll agree that Farrell seems miscast. Then again, we all thought Heath Ledger was wrong for the Joker and look what happened. Maybe the same thing could happen here. I actually think he’s got some acting ability and could do something with the role. Let’s wait and see on this one.

    • Terminal

      This is the cycle of the remake all over again:

      A Remake? Boo!
      They cast who? This could be good.
      The trailers look great!
      It’s getting bad reviews.
      I’ll see it anyway.
      Worst remake ever!
      Boo studios! No more remakes!
      I’ll stick with the original.
      Lather, rinse, repeat, cha-ching!
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • FireRam

        Well done Terminal. True, and funny!! Didn’t know you had it in ya! LOL

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        SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!

        • Terminal

          I’m just getting warmed up.

          I don’t want to go on a rant here but horror fans are like babies. You dangle pretty stuff in front of them and they’ll devour it with a spoon. And then they get a stomach ache later on and cry about it.

          That wasn’t a rant. Never mind.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            That was pretty damn funny. Let me make this clear; I am not looking forward to the remake. However, I am curious to see what happens with it. That’s not the same as saying I’ll go see it. I haven’t seen The Stepfather, Children of the Corn or April Fool’s Day remakes and never will. If it looks like a waste of time, I won’t bother with it.

          • Gus Bjork

            Whatever you do don’t see the Children of the Corn remake. Seriously.

          • Terminal

            Have you seen “The hitcher” remake yet? I haven’t. I’ve vowed never to see it. I can’t stand seeing Sean Bean wasted.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            I am going to get “stoned” as in with rocks when I say this because alot of people detest it’s existence,but, I kind of liked (I did enjoy) The Hitcher remake. See,for whatever reason, I felt BAD at the end. I was like FUCK,NO,AW MAN,so, if I felt something for the character,then that is a win. I don’t know why I did or how that even developed,but the end got me so again, viewing win.
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            SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!

          • Terminal

            I’ll stick with the original, but hey at least someone enjoyed it.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            Are you serious? As craptastic remakes go ‘The Hitcher’ is top of my pile! Even the shot by shot remake of Psycho (which just had me asking ‘why?’) can’t compare in stupidity to this thing.

            The remake of The Hitcher was so bad it was ALMOST Twilight/New Star Wars awful. Hell, throw in Jar Jar and it would have been there.

          • FireRam

            April Fools Day remake,oh my, don’t get me started. LOL. I’m ashamed (it was so bad) to even admit I saw it.
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            SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!

          • Terminal

            I saw it and wow. Awful. Piece of shit. Awful.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • ZOMBIEFRIENDS

    I can’t even imagine how or IF they will do Peter Vincent. Mainstream doesn’t even know about Horror Hosts. It wouldn’t make much since. If you are going by Vampire Killers and totally ridiculous they could make Charlie go find Wesley Snipes LMFO.

  • Vanvance1

    Booo, hisss… Farrell as a charismatic vampire? I’m not buying it.

    One of the best vampire movies of all time and they are wrecking it!

    Please tell me Tom Holland got a big payday or maybe even a movie deal for this. There has to be a silver lining.

  • Terminal

    Read about this on Joblo a few hours ago. Wow. Farrell? Really? Yikes. This won’t be good.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Gus Bjork

      Colin Farrell was outstanding in In Bruges. And it’s not like Chris Saradon is really all that tough an act to follow. Don’t get me wrong, like the guy, met the guy, worked on a film with the guy but this isn’t like remaking One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest starring Rob Schneider.

      • Terminal

        Gus, Colin Farrell is a one note terrible actor regardless of “In Bruges.” He’s not going to save this movie.

        And this remake is going to stink. Name one good remake in the last five years. This is not going to be the exception no matter who they cast.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • PelusaMG

          “Name one good remake in the last five years…”

          “Batman Begins”!

          Please consider the environment before printing this message…

          • AngryChairr

            What exactly was Batman Begins remaking? That’s what is known as a reboot where you start the entire series over without bothering to remake any of the old movies. Batman Begins wasn’t a remake.

            On the subject of Farrell, eh, I gave up hope on this movie as soon as it was announced. I’ll just be slightly more amused if Farrell decides to ham it up and give another awesomely bad performance like he did in Daredevil.

          • Terminal

            “Batman Begins” was a reboot, not a remake. It did not remake anything, it instead created its own storyline and mythos hence the “begins” in the title. And I was actually referring to HORROR remakes.

            A little more thoroughness next time.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Gus Bjork

          I’m saying he’s not the death knell of it. Personally I haven’t paid that much attention to him and haven’t seen all that many of his films. And I have no clue if this is going to go into the heap of bad remakes. Chances are it will since most of them do.

          I’m not invested at all in the original though. It was enjoyable enough and well made but I don’t-again personally-put it in the classics category. Roddy McDowell was the most memorable thing about it. Granted I’m crossing the line from the ‘eh who cares about remakes’ into ‘oh for Christ sake I’m sick of hearing about another fucking remake’.

          I don’t get where you’re coming from on your horror fans rant though. Just seems like your being prickly for the sake of being prickly.

          • Terminal

            Ay dios mio! Again with the “you’re being A for the sake of being A” again. My rant was concerning the fact that horror fans want to be taken seriously but are easily duped in to these bonafide stinkers because they’re cast with big stars, that’s all I said.

            I love the original, but I’m also open to the possibility that the remake will suck major donkey balls.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Gus Bjork

            Fair enough. For the most part I’ll see whatever if it looks interesting to me. I don’t feel any sort of fan obligation to do one thing or another. Is there a union? I get surly when someone feels the need to tell me what I should or shouldn’t support if I’m a ‘true’ fan.

            Most of the remakes out there haven’t held any interest to me (Halloween, F13, Nightmare of Elm Street) and I have yet to see them. I saw My Bloody Valentine is about it and I do want to see The Crazies and The Wolf Man. But maybe it’s like this damn addiction I have to the SyFy movies. It’s like sifting for gold. Most of the time it’s a waste of time but every so often you get that rare find and that’s great.

          • Terminal

            Good points all around, Gus, and you’re right in some respects. I’m just going to be extremely selective and picky when it applies to remakes and rehashes and reboots and reduxes and repeats and revisions and rewinds from here on in.

            NOES 10 convinced me that anything new and horror related with the word “re” attached to it can’t be good.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Gus Bjork

            Excellent. Then let us feast upon the doritos of peace and the saucy dip of reconcillation. Slave girls *clap clap* Come-pleasure your masters!

            I am getting sick of hearing about remakes though. The Deadly Friend announcement put me over the edge.

          • Terminal

            I want a cheesburger actually. I mean I really want one right now. Send one over with a nice Asian chick.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Gus Bjork

            Okay. She’ll shuffle it in between her knees, like a Geisha.

          • Terminal

            Nice! I’ll do the burger and eat her. Wait–scratch that, reverse it.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            I’ll definitely vote with my dollars. I won’t attend any more theatrical showings of remakes.

            The only upside of this is the original Fright Night could get a decent blu ray release.

      • Vanvance1

        Colin Farrell is NOT a character actor; he is always Colin in different clothes. The role calls for someone who can create a personality different from the ‘celebrity star’.

        • Terminal

          Colin Farrell can’t be anyone but Colin Farrell much like Will Smith, Nic Cage, and Sam Worthington.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            He certainly can’t be my childhood idol, James “Sonny” Crockett…….Pffffft, He didn’t even consult D.Johnson.

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            SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!

          • Terminal

            That’s for sure. He never throws himself in to his characters. I’m pretty sure the directors just say “Colin just be you, because you’re great.” Hence his stale performances in literally everything he’s ever done.

            Won’t be fooled again with top notch casting for another remake. Not this cowboy.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            Here’s the thing though. Is Colin Farrell really “top notch” casting? I don’t remember (and I could be wrong) him having any true “hits” lately. He’s kind of the “go to” guy if who you really wanted can’t/won’t take the part. He’s like the Mikey(LIFE) of Movies. “Give it to Colin,he’ll take it. He’ll take anything. HEY, HE LIKES IT. HE LIKES IT!!”

            SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!

          • Terminal

            Colin still has a fanbase and still has women swooning over him in spite of becoming Hollywood’s IT boy and then fading away considerably. A remake is quick cash, easy acting, and instant revival for a career. Colin still has some appeal, at least I think so. And he’ll show us when this remake hits the box office hard in spite of a lot of bad reviews that will follow.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • FireRam

    There goes the neighborhood.
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    SILENCE…..I KILL YOU!