Horror movie director and screenwriter Tom Holland recently took to Twitter to reveal that the rights to Fright Night would be reverting back to him in two years, courtesy of the Copyright Act of 1976. Not only that, but Holland also teased he had some exciting plans in the works for the franchise.
Fright Night was one of my favorite vampire films growing up (along with The Lost Boys), and it has a very special place in my geeky heart. It was also the very first movie Holland directed (but not the first one he wrote), and he — according to the good folks at Bloody Disgusting — sold the rights in 1984 to get the cult classic horror movie made (Fright Night came out in 1985). Since the Copyright Act of 1976 allows artists the chance to reclaim previously licensed works after 35 years, the rights to Fright Night will be back in Holland’s hands in 2019: “2 more years and the 'Fright Night' copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I'm going to do.”
In a series of replies to fans, Holland elaborated on his juicy plans. First, he revealed that he was working on a Fright Night 3 novel that he's almost finished writing. “Almost finished with Fright Night 3 the novel,” Holland wrote, adding that “many things grow from there.” Holland also strongly hinted that original film characters Charley and Amy will be back and even teased a bit of the plot: “Not sure who lives next door now, but I bet he has fangs...” I bet he does!! Could he also be another sexy vampire like Jerry Dandrige (See Exhibit A below, not the pic above.)?
When asked if another sequel to the original film (not the 2011 remake starring the late Anton Yelchin as Charley and David Tennant as Peter Vincent) was also a possibility, Holland replied that it was his hope that a movie will be in the pipeline. If Holland is writing a Fright Night 3 novel, is it possible that it could be the template for an official Fright Night 3 film? Yeo, one can always live in hope. What do you guys think?
(via Bloody Disgusting)