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Fright Night remake gets a director?

03.08.2010by:

DreamWorks is ramping up its planned remake of FRIGHT NIGHT (previously announced last year) and has hired a director to bring the film into the 21st century. Who is it? Hint: it's probably not who you would think. DreamWorks is in final talks with Craig Gillespie (LARS AND THE REAL GIRL) to direct the film based on a script by Marti Noxon.

While it may seem like an odd choice to have a director known for his indie dramedy and low-brow comedy (MR. WOODCOCK) take over a big horror redo, Gillespie has some ties to DreamWorks that might've helped him get the gig. Gillespie co-produces (and directs) "The United States of Tara," the Diablo Cody Showtime series that just so happens to also be produced by Steven Spielberg who just so happens to be the head honcho at DreamWorks. But just because he's buddies with Spielbergo, does that mean he's the right guy for the job?

I know he doesn't have a lot of horror cred (as the kids would say) but honestly I think it's a great choice. WOODCOCK aside (a film that was tampered with mightily by New Line during its release), LARS was a mighty fine film and showed that Gillespie has some pretty strong chops as a director. And frankly I'd rather just have a really good director than a director who watched CRITTERS 3 ten times when he was 12 years old. What do you think? Solid choice or mismatch?

Extra Tidbit: Gillespie has two commercials he directed in permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Source: LA Times

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10:33AM on 03/10/2010

gettin old??

is it a sign that i am getting old when they take a movie you vividly remember from your youth and remake it when you're an adult? or is it a sign that the studios are grasping at straws? hopefully it is that i am getting old and that they dont fuck this up.
is it a sign that i am getting old when they take a movie you vividly remember from your youth and remake it when you're an adult? or is it a sign that the studios are grasping at straws? hopefully it is that i am getting old and that they dont fuck this up.
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2:12AM on 03/09/2010
I'm pretty five by five at this point, but you know who I would love to see in the vampire role? Julian McMahon. That man has charisma and with respect to the man himself, he looks like a GQ model, which is exactly how Sarandon's Jerry was in the original movie.
I'm pretty five by five at this point, but you know who I would love to see in the vampire role? Julian McMahon. That man has charisma and with respect to the man himself, he looks like a GQ model, which is exactly how Sarandon's Jerry was in the original movie.
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5:53PM on 03/08/2010
The director part doesnt worry me. What they need is a good person to pull off the scary yet suave bad ass vampire. My suggestion is to get Eli Roth to try a shot at it. He would make a pretty sick looking vampire and still look like the type that seduces the ladies with a smile like the original did.
The director part doesnt worry me. What they need is a good person to pull off the scary yet suave bad ass vampire. My suggestion is to get Eli Roth to try a shot at it. He would make a pretty sick looking vampire and still look like the type that seduces the ladies with a smile like the original did.
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4:02PM on 03/08/2010
Never knew they were gonna remake it? Gr8 pick to redo I think-The original film was amazing! at least pt.1 second film ...ok.
Never knew they were gonna remake it? Gr8 pick to redo I think-The original film was amazing! at least pt.1 second film ...ok.
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3:14PM on 03/08/2010
Zero confidence in this remake. Zero. The original is practically perfect if dated. And that final scene is such a "Huh?" ending, that it still spooks me.
Zero confidence in this remake. Zero. The original is practically perfect if dated. And that final scene is such a "Huh?" ending, that it still spooks me.
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2:46PM on 03/08/2010
I just watched the original the other day. This film is gold, I don't mind a remake as long as they respect the first material and keep this 80's vibes.
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I just watched the original the other day. This film is gold, I don't mind a remake as long as they respect the first material and keep this 80's vibes.
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1:43PM on 03/08/2010
Thumbs up
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12:04PM on 03/08/2010
that b!tch's face still scares the hell out of me
that b!tch's face still scares the hell out of me
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11:02AM on 03/08/2010

Good

Bring it! could be a good remake and with
todays tech this might work
Bring it! could be a good remake and with
todays tech this might work
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9:44AM on 03/08/2010

OK - a remake I may enjoy

The original 'Fright Night' was easily one of the best horror films of the 80's. It was smart, funny and had kick-as F/X, so I hope the new one follows suit. Gillespie is a nice surprise choice for this one and should put to rest any fears of a cheese ball PG-13 teeny bopper shitfest. Is shitfest one word or two?

Congrats again to Bigelow and Hurt Locker!
The original 'Fright Night' was easily one of the best horror films of the 80's. It was smart, funny and had kick-as F/X, so I hope the new one follows suit. Gillespie is a nice surprise choice for this one and should put to rest any fears of a cheese ball PG-13 teeny bopper shitfest. Is shitfest one word or two?

Congrats again to Bigelow and Hurt Locker!
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