You’re still so cool, Brewster.
With the Copyright Act of 1976, the US Congress granted artists the possibility to reclaim previously licensed works after 35 years, and the legendary Tom Holland is hoping to soon exercise those rights and bring the ORIGINAL Fright Night franchise back from the dead. Holland, who wrote and directed Fright Night, had to sell off the rights back in 1984 in order to get the film made, and as he noted on Twitter over the weekend, “the Fright Night copyrights come back to papa” in 2019. What does this mean? Holland seems to be planning a full-on franchise relaunch.
“Oh the things I’m going to do,” Holland teased, before digging deeper into his plans.
In a series of tweets, mostly replies to fans pressing him for more info, Holland revealed that he’s “almost finished with Fright Night 3 the novel,” and he also noted that “many things grow from there.” Holland even spilled some beans about the novel’s plot, telling a fan that Charley and Amy will be back. Holland teased, “Not sure who lives next door now, but I bet he has fangs…”
Naturally, Holland was also asked if a movie sequel to the original franchise was in the cards, and he said that yes, that is his eventual hope. We assume that would be an adaptation of the Fright Night 3 novel that he is currently penning, as it would only make logical sense.
For the next two years, a private equity firm will remain the Fright Night rights holders.