Anton Yelchin is in negotiations to star in “Fright Night,” DreamWorks’ remake of the cult 1985 vampire film.
Craig Gillespie, the director behind 2007’s “Lars and the Real Girl,” is helming the new version, which sticks to the concept of a teen being convinced that his new neighbor is a vampire, although no one will believe him.
The new iteration, written by Marti Noxon, keeps the character's name the same as in the original: Charley Brewster. William Ragsdale, now seen on FX’s “Justified,” originated the role.
Michael De Luca and Alison R. Rosenzweig are producing the new “Fright.” Lloyd Ivan Miller, Michael Gaeta and Josh Bratman are exec producing.
DreamWorks seems to have “Fright” on a potentially similar path as the company’s 2007’s hit “Disturbia.” The modestly-budgeted thriller followed a home-bound teen convinced that his neighbor was a killer and provided a breakout role for its young star, Shia LaBeouf.
For Yelchin, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the movie will continue his streak of acting in notable sci-fi-horror genre movie projects. He portrayed Chekov in last year’s “Star Trek” movie and played robot fighter Kyle Reese in “Terminator Salvation.”