DreamWorks bites on new 'Fright Night'
EmptyVampires continue their bloody winning streak as DreamWorks is in the process of picking up a remake of "Fright Night."
Michael De Luca is producing along with Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films. 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. Its most recent such outings — "The Uninvited" and "The Ruins" — grossed $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 his neighbors are vampires. No writer has been hired, but the new 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. (partialdiff)