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Producer talks Fright Night remake

FrightNight.jpgWe’ve been hearing lot’s of wild, made up rumours about Fright Night, especially from one person, but so far there’s been nothing from the film itself, no word of what was happening with the remake of the superb Fright Night until now.

Michael De Luca is a producer behind the film remake and has been speaking about the fears and the aspirations for the remake.

Let’s just go straight into his opening comment about remakes:

”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.”

I really like Michael De Luca’s honesty and openness on this issue, and the fact that he leaps straight up and addresses it in his interview through Collider and ShockTillYouDrop.

”…with Fright Night, again, going back to the vampire thing, with all the romantic vampire stuff going on with The Vampire Diaries and True Blood and Twilight, the most obvious. 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. It’s the shark from Jaws. On the outside it’s a seductive package and it looks like a human being, but it’s just about ripping your throat out and drinking your blood.”

Interesting point. What he’s saying here is that the film will bring together that idea of the neutered, romanticised vampire from films such as the Twilight ones, and pulls it together with the traditional, hard edged horror vampire. I like that view, and it’s something that the original does well.

He then talks about the key elements of the film, the idea of the boy who cried wolf, the boy raised by his mother, trying to find his way in life and start a serious relationship, while all this begins happening around him.

”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 really like the way we’re going with this remake, and it just keeps getting better as he talks about the darker side of the film, and what he says really hits a chord with me about the original, and I loved (and still love) the original Fright Night.

”…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…

I love that idea, and when you look back at the story it is a dark fairy tale, it’s not really a way I’ve looked at the film before.

More good news is that De Luca tells us they will still be keeping the equal amount of humour and scares, ensuring the film never becomes just comedy or just horror, but keeps a strong balance of the both. He also mentions two types of comedy which are prevelant in the film, the sarcastic and the erotic, both will be featuring in the final film and what types won’t be there will be tongue-in-cheek nor cheesy humour.

If you’re a fan of the original film then you have to be thinking right now that this is sounding really exciting and does seem as though they’ve got it right on the button. I really do hope that the script comes through following these statements, almost to the letter, and that the director carries it straight into the film.

De Luca points out that there is no director as yet, and won’t be until Marti Noxon completes the script, however there is a studio behind it, DreamWorks.

I can’t tell you how much Michael De Luca has fired me up about this remake. If this is really the way it’s going then you won’t hear me saying a bad word against the fact that they’re remaking a fantastic film such as Fright Night. That is, if they stick to this. Come on Michael, make sure they do.



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