No! Fright Night may have hit its first bump in the road. After nabbing Anton Yelchin for the lead role and lining up Colin Farrell and Toni Collette to star alongside him, Shock Till You Drop discovered that the Fright Night remake could be Fright Night 3D.
The site first pointed out the additional dimension back in the summer of 2009, but since, the 3D addendum has been missing from the film’s title. Now it seems to have creeped back into the picture in a Variety article about production designer Stuart Wurtzel at the end of which notes the hiring of “Rob Ortiz as UPM on Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night 3D.” I’m going to keep my fingers crossed in hopes that this is a minor misprint considering not one other trade announcement has referred to the film as Fright Night 3D.
For anyone not familiar with this project, Gillespie’s Fright Night is a remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 original. It’ll star Yelchin as Charlie Brewster, a kid who suspects his neighbor, Jerry (Farrell), is a vampire. Collette is on board to play Charlie’s mother. Unlike the majority of horror reboots nowadays, this one has the potential to be a truly good film. Not only is it attracting the attention of impressive talent, but the story is a nice throwback to the days before the glamorized vampire. Like the original, the new Fright Night will benefit from keeping things simple and natural and 3D certainly does not fit into those parameters.
By Perri Nemiroff