Back in November, Shock Till You Drop reported there was some buzz about Moxon giving the remake the meta treatment. We'd get a new Charley Brewster-like character who, like the original, needs some help getting rid of his vampire problem. Rather than teaming new Charley (Anton Yelchin) up with old Charley's aide, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowell), he'd get none other than the man who played vampire Jerry Dandrige in the 1985 original, Chris Sarandon, literally as the man who played Jerry in Tom Holland's Film.
Cool idea, but that's no longer happening. Now the site is reporting that the Peter Vincent role will be a "Criss Angel-type." Why assume this to be true when the last concept never panned out? Noxon has tossed two new variables into the equation, one of which makes the inclusion of a Criss Angel-esque showman sensible. Of the new Jerry (Colin Farrell), Noxon explains, "He's a much more Jaws-like vampire in the Amblin tradition" and will be far more "badass" than the trendier vampires nowadays. On top of that, she's ditching the suburbs and moving the action to Las Vegas.
Well, I guess this is something new. We've never seen vampires in Vegas, right? It's easy to picture evil Jerry navigating the crowds on The Strip and stalking his prey Jaws style. The clincher here is the vampire's "badass" makeover. We're certainly due for some pure terror in this genre. The only concern with the new plot information is that the remake may stray too far from the original. The addition of Charley's Chriss Angel mentor proves that even if our hero lives in a cozy abode off The Strip, we'll eventually find ourselves under the Vegas lights . A straight remake was never the answer, but let's hope Noxon doesn't push this too far.
Fright Night is currently in the pre-production stage over at DreamWorks with shooting likely to begin in July.