Things are finally picking up steam on Dreamworks' remake of the cult classic vampire film Fright Night. An announcement that Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie would direct emerged a few weeks ago, and today THR's Heat Vision blog is reporting that the studio has entered negotiations with a potential star.

The current frontrunner to reprise the role of Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale in the original film) is none other than Anton Yelchin. The actor, coming off a big year in 2009 that saw him play Kyle Reese in McG's Terminator: Salvation and Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, is an interesting choice for the role. I wasn't sure he was the right guy for the part at first, but I think he has potential

In the 1985 original the teenaged Brewster is living in suburbia. Life's good until the new neighbor (Chris Sarandon) moves in and strange things start happening at all hours of the night. Charlie's convinced the guy is a vampire who's not only feasting on the locals, but has set his sights on Charlie's girlfriend. In order to stop the evil that's afoot, he enlists the aid of late night horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) and the duo sets out to slay the bloodsucker.

A mixture of horror and comedy, the original has a well-earned cult classic reputation amongst horror fans. Landing a young, up-and-coming actor like Yelchin should help put the film on the map, but we won't know where this project is headed for sure until we discover who's playing the vampire and Peter Vincent.

We'll bring you that news as soon as it's announced, so keep it here at Horror Squad for more details on Fright Night's casting.
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