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: Here’s your first look at David Tennant (Doctor Who) in makeup and costume for his role as the new Peter Vincent in the remake of Fright Night. The character was originated by Roddy McDowell, at which point Vincent was a washed-up former actor turned TV horror host. Tennant’s version, as you can see, is a little different. And very Captain Jack Sparrow-ish.
The new version of the character is a Vegas stage magician, who gets roped (kind of) into a battle against a vampire (Colin Farrell) by a high school kid, played by Anton Yelchin. This banner seems to be part of the set dressing for the Hard Rock hotel where some scenes for the film are being shot, and it advertises Peter Vincent as a larger than life performer. Check out bigger pics, after the break. Read More »
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 »
If you’re a fan of the original Fright Night, the headline alone is probably enough to clue you in on which actor is playing what role in the remake to be directed by Craig Gillespie. David Tennant and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are now part of the film, and will play the sort-of mentor to and best friend of Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), who runs into trouble when a vampire (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. Read More »
We’ve known a little bit about the upcoming remake of Fright Night, to be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), but not a lot of key details. Most of what we know is background and casting: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marti Noxon wrote the script, and Anton Yelchin is in the lead role as a horror fan who suspects his new next door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette is also in the mix, likely as the mother of Yelchin’s character.
Now we’ve got a few more details about the setup and tone of the film. Read More »
The remake of Fright Night started off with a great piece of casting, as Anton Yelchin will play Charley Brewster, the young guy who fears for his life when he discovers that a vampire has moved in next door.
Now we’ve got a name for the vampire — Colin Farrell will play the role originated by Chris Sarandon in the original Fright Night. Read More »
My favorite thing about Terminator: Salvation, and the only aspect of the film I’ve had any interest in seeing again, was the performance of Anton Yelchin. In general, I think Yelchin is among the better up and coming actors. He was just cast in The Smurfs (yeah, OK, everybody needs one total gimme) and now he’s nabbed the lead role in the remake of Fright Night. Given that the movie is happening at all, I think that’s great news. Read More »
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie is in final talks to direct DreamWorks’ remake of Fright Night. According to the Times source, “a sweepstakes that included at least three directors appears to be coming to a close, with Craig Gillespie the man who will likely sit behind the camera.” Dreamworks apparently met with a bunch of directors on Friday and began final talks with Gillespie to helm the remake. Marti Noxon, a veteran of television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Mad Men, has been writing the screenplay, with Michael De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig set to produce.
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Back in January of this year, the world outside may have been cold and barren and gripped by the dead of winter, but my heart was warm. Because reports came that the proposed Screen Gems remake of Fright Night had died a quiet death. But everyone knows what happens in stories about monsters and the undead: the Big Bad is never really dead the first time. And every once in a while, when it surges back onto the screen, it wins and gets to stick around.
So it is with the Fright Night remake. Housed at Dreamworks since May, the potential film has now been given a writer, and not a bad one at that. Read More »
If you’re in L.A. tonight, there is a can’t-miss midnight screening and cast-reunion for Fright Night at the NuArt Theatre. On hand for the event will be the film’s writer/director Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Cloak and Dagger) and stars Chris Surandon (!), William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys and Jonathan Stark. Also joining the festive occasion will be composer Brad Fiedel (Terminator, T2, Let’s Get Harry) and Oscar-winning visual effects artist Randall Cook (LOTR trilogy, The Gate).
There will be a post-screening Q&A, signings and meet-and-greet. Good times for one of the best and smartest horror-comedies (and Rear Window homages) of all time. The original poster is also up there, eh? Tickets are $10.50 for the youngs, $7.50 for the olds and kiddies (bring ’em, especially if they’re sexually confused and love ’80s jams!). More info here.
Discuss: How old were you when you saw Fright Night? Way back in the day, Jonathan Stark was my favorite actor (this, House II, Project X).