DreamWorks Snags ‘Fright Night’ From Screen Gems

We had recently heard that Sony Screen Gems has been dropping projects left and right as they couldn’t turn them into PG-13 pics. One such project was the long-gestured remake of Fright Night, which is now heading on over to DreamWorks (can I get a hallelujah?). No details were revealed about the direction they plan on taking the reboot, but we can only hope it keeps at least some of the heart the original carried (but that’s highly unlikely). Read on for the release.
Vampires continue their bloody winning streak as DreamWorks is in the process of picking up a remake of “Fright Night.”

Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films are producing along with Michael De Luca. Rosenzweig, who also is setting up remakes of “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud” and “Angel Heart” with De Luca, brought the project to him.

DreamWorks co-president of production Mark Sourian is overseeing for the studio, which has rarely foraged in the horror genre for material. Its most recent two outings — “The Uninvited” and “The Ruins” — grossed just $29 million and $17 million, respectively. But its remake of “The Ring” and its sequel grossed $390 million worldwide.

The original “Fright Night,” written and directed by Tom Holland in 1985, was a horror comedy about a teenager who discovers that his neighbors are vampires. No writer has been hired, but the updated version will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects.

The CAA-repped De Luca also is producing “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt, at Columbia, and has the drama “Brothers,” directed by Jim Sheridan, coming out this year.

Rosenzweig recently did business with DreamWorks and Sourian on “Nonstop,” a sci-fi action thriller from screenwriter Michael Gilvary that Patrick Tatopoulos is directing and Len Wiseman is producing for the studio.