Colin Farrell On ‘Fright Night’ Remake Vs. The Original

With vampire flicks all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before someone did a remake of the 1985 horror-comedy flick “Fright Night.” The movie, about a teenager who discovers that his next-door neighboor is a bloodsucker, has a huge cult following that even gathers once a year for a convention. So it should come as no surprise that a “Fright Night” redo has already been filmed and is set to hit theaters on August 19.

What might surprise you is that Colin Farrell has been tapped to play the aforementioned vampire, Jerry Dandrige, in the flick. And he’s not the only familiar name you’ll see in the credits: “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin is also aboard as the neighbor who discovers Farrell’s secret, Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse plays vampire convert “Evil” Ed Thompsons, “Harry Potter” alum David Tennant is vamp-hunting actor Peter Vincent, and “Solitary Man” breakout Imogen Poots portrays love interest Amy, with Toni Collette and James Franco’s brother David also popping up. When MTV News chatted with Farrell at the press day for the WWII drama “The Way Back,” we talked with the star about how close the remake hews to the original… and why he took on the role.

“I mean, it’s close enough in structure and story [to the original], but there are some things that have been changed,” Farrell told us. “Peter Vincent’s a lot younger, and what he does has kind of been put into a very contemporary setting. There are some changes.”

Still, Farrell did have some reservations about tackling a remake — though the quickly subsided. “I mean, I loved the original, and I hope the film is — on it’s own — entertaining and works. Because I really did love the original, so much so that — as I’ve said — I was hoping I wouldn’t like the remake when I read it, because I didn’t want to have to answer questions about remakes and lack of originality and all that s—,” he laughed. “I didn’t want to think of myself in those terms either, so I was hoping that I didn’t like it. But read it and I’m an actor and I loved it and I went, ’OK, let’s go to work.'”

Are you excited for the “Fright Night” remake?