I have to admit, I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to the upcoming remake of the ’80s horror comedy Fright Night up until now, mainly because I didn’t really expect it to pull itself out of development hell and actually get made. But now, with the recent hiring of director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) it appears that this thing is finally going to become a reality. As further proof, today we also have our first official casting announcement for the film. DreamWorks has managed to reel in a young actor with some name recognition to headline the film: Star Trek and Terminator Salvation star Anton Yelchin.
Yelchin will play Charley Brewster, the teenager who discovers that his next door neighbour is a vampire (portrayed in the original 1985 film by William Ragsdale). Yelchin actually seems like an inspired choice for the role, and with his resume of recent blockbusters, it seems clear that DreamWorks is trying to reach a fairly wide audience with this one. Considering the vampire factor, I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise, but as the Heat Vision Blog points out, they seem to be modeling it after Disturbia, the highly successful 2007 Shia LaBeouf thriller that also borrowed ideas from Rear Window. Are you a fan of Anton Yelchin? Do you think he can carry this film and help it reach more than just the horror crowd?