It’s bound to be a slow week as everyone gets back to work from the Memorial Day weekend, so lets start things off with a clip. This is the first semi-extended look at Colin Farrell playing the vampire in Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night. The character was played in the original by Chris Sarandon — played to great effect, too — and so Colin Farrell has big shoes to fill as far as fans are concerned. This clip will show some of the ways that he and Gillespie have made the vampire a bit different in this version of the film. Check it out after the break, along with the film’s MPAA R rating bulletin. No PG-13 for this one! Read More »

‘Fright Night’ Trailer and Poster

Remaking Fright Night, Todd Holland‘s still-entertaining 1985 teen vampire horror/comedy, seemed like a dire prospect. But then Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) came on to direct a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with Colin Farrell starring as the vampire who moves in next door to Charley Brewster, a high school student played by Anton Yelchin. OK, so far so good. The script is pretty solid, and adds enough things to differentiate it from the original that this isn’t at all a 100% straight remake.

Now the first trailer is out, and you’ll see how different some aspects of this version really are. While Chris Sarandon was perfect for the vampire role in the original, I’m happy to see that Colin Farrell’s version might be just as intense as intended in the script. I’ve moved past all the reservations I had about remaking Fright Night (because there’s nothing I can do about it) and while I’m not feeling mad excitement at the prospect of this version, I like the cast enough that I’m willing to give it a chance. Read More »

After weeks of back and forth, Craig Gillespie was finally announced yesterday as the new — and hopefully final — director of the Lionsgate film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie has had a long and public development path, with Natalie Portman producing and originally starring in the film based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel and David O. Russell writing the script and directing. Mr. Russell left a while back, Natalie Portman bowed out of the cast, and Mike White was hired to direct, then also left.

So Craig Gillespie is firmly in the director’s chair, but we’ve wondered about the fate of the David O. Russell script, which was once said to be the thing that gave the project a lot of momentum. The film’s new director says that script is still in play, and the film will shoot at the end of the summer. Read More »

When a film needs to blend period costume drama, romance, zombie horror and humor, a director who can delicately balance those tones is crucial. That must be why Lionsgate was so ultra careful when selecting someone to adapt Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which takes the classic Jane Austen tale and infuses it with zombies. Mike White (Chuck and Buck, School of Rock) has previously been locked and loaded to direct the film, but dropped out several months ago. Since then, speculation has run rampant over who would jump into the director’s chair.

Though several names names were floated, including the book’s original author, Craig Gillespie, who directed Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming Fright Night remake, has just officially signed on. Read more after the break. Read More »

‘Fright Night:’ New High-Res Images

Yesterday we saw the first three official stills from Craig Gillespie‘s 3D Fright Night remake, which stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, and David Tennant. The shots were pretty low-quality, though. Now we’ve got high-res versions of those images, complete with three more high-res images, and two magazine scans.

None of these show enough vampiric action for my liking — and none have David Tennant; get an early look at him here — but they might be worth a look, anyway, especially on a slow Friday. Read More »

We’ve seen one image from the Craig Gillespie-directed 3D remake of the ’80s horror classic Fright Night, but the three images below are the first real look we’ve had at the upcoming film. The movie tells the story of a suburban kid (Anton Yelchin) who, amid dealing with a new girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and estrangement from his old best friend (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) discovers that his neighborhood is now home to a vampire (Colin Farrell). Check out the stills below. Read More »

Somehow, 2010-2011 is going to go down as a time period when finding a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a massive undertaking. David O. Russell was going to make the film, but he walked. Many others were considered, then Mike White was hired, then he left, too. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) has been said to be the top choice to be director #3, then for a minute it looked like PP&Z author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might co-direct. But now Deadline says Craig Gillespie is getting the job after all.

The basic project (zombies are inserted into the text of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) doesn’t sound appealing at all, but I guess I can see why the idea of making a period drama with that weird horror overtone might be of interest to a director. It’s like a weird experiment; how do you take one thing and make it into something quite different, while only changing a few items? At this point, the whole arc of the project sounds like a weird experiment, though. Now we’ll have to watch how the casting process goes. I can only imagine that will take another few years.

After the break, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie needs a new director, but Meg Ryan probably won’t get the job because she’ll be busy making something else as her first film. Read More »

It is the second day at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas based movie theater convention formerly known as ShoWest. This morning DreamWorks Studios held their presentation, showcasing footage and talent from Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse, Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel, Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night and the big screen adaptation of The Help. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider, giving our spoiler-free reactions of the footage screened.

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Briefly: The story of the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes one more twist. David O. Russell was once directing, and his script is still reportedly the basis for the film. After he left as director, Mike White came on and then left as well.

Now it seems like Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) is the frontrunner to direct. Lionsgate hasn’t had anything official to say yet, and sources reporting the deal say it isn’t done. He’d make a good choice, however. I’ve only seen snippets of the Fright Night remake while briefly visiting the set of that film, while Lars and the Real Girl suggests he could handle the more serious dramatic aspects of this story, which preserves a lot of Jane Austen’s original novel. Let’s see if this one sticks and the film finally shambles to life. [Vulture]

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Update: As a few people have mentioned, Fright Night, which will be in 3D, also now has a release date: October 7, 2011. Amazing it has actually been given an October date.

The cast of the Fright Night remake, directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), has been shaping up quite nicely. The last major missing piece was an actress to play Amy, the girlfriend of Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), the high school kid who discovers that a vampire has moved in next door.

Now the talented and rapidly up and coming Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Me and Orson Welles, Solitary Man) has taken the role, and the film is all set to shoot in a few weeks. More details on how this version of Amy differs from the character in the original, plus some other thoughts on the remake, after the break. Read More »