File this under: It Was Only A Matter Of Time.
The remake machine is an unstoppable juggernaut, folks. Nothing is safe. It will, eventually, roll over and crush every single one of your childhood memories beneath its bastardizing wheels. The driver is a soulless, faithless scion of evil, and if he even hears mention of the loves of your youth, he will redirect this cinematic monster truck and plow through it without pause or pity.
Someone mentioned Fright Night 2 in Tuesday’s Seriously Random List. And, of course, two days later, the word is out: Fright Night will be remade. For those sad, unfortunate few who haven’t seen it, Fright Night, a staple of my youthful cable viewing, was about a young man who becomes convinced that his next door neighbor (played brilliantly by Chris Sarandon) is a vampire and enlists the help of a local actor in series (called “Fright Night”) about vampire hunting (Roddy McDowell) to aide in the hunt. It’s a clever, cheese-filled romp that I’ve always remembered affectionately. We’d previously reported that the remake was happening, but then reports were that the idea to remake it had died. Well, it’s coming back around again, as Zach De La Rocha would say.
There is some good news, however. Screen Gems has enlisted one of the great modern television writers to pen the script. Marti Noxon, currently writing for “Mad Men” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well as one of the chief talents behind “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” has been drafted for the task. Noxon showed with Buffy that she’s a great genre writer with a gift for tongue-in-cheek humor, so all is not lost. It’s still a little painful, but her involvement does dull the ache somewhat.
No director or cast has been announced yet.
(h/t to Slashfilm)