A remake of the 1980s horror/comedy “Fright Night” is filming in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho through October.
The production will employ about 175 New Mexico cast and crew. The film stars Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Anton Yelchin (who filmed “Terminator Salvation” in New Mexico) and Christopher Minstz-Plasse (perhaps best known for his role as McLovin in “Superbad”).
DreamWorks Studios is producing the movie in association with Gaeta Rosenzweig Films and Michael De Luca Productions.
Tom Swisstack, mayor of Rio Rancho, said the film is one of the largest productions to take place in the city, which is immediately northwest of Albuquerque. Shooting will be at various locations around Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, as well as the Albuquerque Studios. Swisstack and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry touted the economic benefits the production will bring, including more business for hotels and restaurants, and work for New Mexico professionals.
“Fright Night” is a remake of the 1985 cult classic that starred Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell and is about a teenager who is convinced his neighbor is a vampire. It’s directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Michael De Luca and Alison R. Rosenzweig, with executive producers Ray Angelic, Lloyd Ivan Miller, Michael Gaeta and Josh Bratman. Marti Noxon wrote the screenplay.
Since 2003, when Gov. Bill Richardson began pushing the state’s film incentives more aggressively, there have been 141 major film and television productions made here, with an estimated economic impact of $3 billion. There are more than 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, according to state officials, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.