Farrell, Collette Join “Fright Night” Remake

Irish hunk Colin Farrell and Aussie actress Toni Collette have both joined the remake of 1985 cult vampire classic “Fright Night” for Dreamworks Pictures says Heat Vision.

The story follows Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a young man who is convinced his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire. Collette will play Yelchin’s mom, who at first disapproves of the new arrival but changes her attitude when she meets the magnetic man and doesn’t believe her son.

Chris Sarandon played the vampire role in the original and the project marks Farrell’s first major studio effort in several years. The mother role was very minor in the original, though it sounds like it might be expanded this time out.

Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Mr. Woodcock”) directs from a script by “Buffy” writer Marti Noxon. Mike De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig will produce.