Fright Night Remake Still In The Cards
I have a hard time mustering up anything besides disdain for this project, but the long-threatened Fright Night remake is on the table and could shoot sometime in 2010. Producer Mike De Luca, the guy seemingly attached to every other major genre release this year, recently talked about remaking one of the greatest vampire flicks of all time.
"I would tell people that I get it; that remakes are a drag to hear about. I’m on the Internet all the time. I know what they say. Like God there’s no original ideas in Hollywood. God this is going to suck. This is stupid. I can’t stand it. Why do they keep doing this? Like all the chat that happens, I get it. I understand the responsibility on the remake front of things because there are fans…you have responsibility I think to the fans of the original and you also have the responsibility to not suck even more than something original because you have so many people expecting you to suck because of the predisposed bias against remakes and stuff.
On bringing the twenty-five year old film up to date:
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...And introducing that kind of vampire into the current environment and also taking advantage of the original’s brilliant structure of the boy who cried wolf. This kid, you know, this adolescent boy you’re trying to figure out what kind of man he wants to be. Product of a single-parent household-single mom. Being the man of that relationship. Being the man in his new relationship with his current girlfriend. Having an older male vampire move in next door and kind of put the moves on both the mom and girlfriend and what it does to this young man’s rite of passage from boyhood into manhood. That all felt like elements from the original that you could treat with depth almost the way Ron Moore took Battlestar Gallactica from the 70’s and gave it current gravitas."
I was discussing this remake with a good friend of mine earlier today and we tried to think of one area, just one, where a remake might be able to improve upon the original. The FX, the script, the direction, the music and, certainly, the performances in Fright Night are absolutely perfect as is. To his credit, De Luca seems to understand that part of what makes the original click are some of its underpinnings that stand out the more you watch it:
"But there are elements of Fright Night, the original, involving the transition from boyhood to manhood and the acts of a predatory older man on younger female and male characters that there’s almost like a dark, dark fairy tale quality that you could really amp up and bring to it a maturity that they couldn’t do in the 80’s." Those elemtns are there, but I'm not sure they need to be 'amped' up.
I'm happy that there's an obvious care to do right by the source material (Marti Noxon, staff writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be presenting her first draft of the script very soon) - I just don't have the foggiest idea of how they'll go about doing it.
And whatever happens, I hope they'll find a place for William Ragsdale.
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