Copyrights are often a tricky business, and it’s not uncommon for writers to sell off the rights to their works in order for films to be made. However, those rights can revert back to their owner, and in the case of writer/director Tom Holland, he has some plans in store for when he gets his film rights back.
Holland (the director, not Marvel’s teenage Spider-Man) is the legendary writer and director of the original “Fright Night” film franchise. In 1984, Holland was forced to sell the rights to the franchise off in order for the first film to be made, but thanks to the Copyright Act of 1976, those rights will soon be attainable. The “Fright Night” writer teased on Twitter that he has some big plans for the franchise in two years.
— Tom Holland (@RealTomHolland) January 7, 2017
Holland also noted that a sequel to the original franchise is what he hopes to do when the rights return to him. In a series of followup replies to fans, Holland also revealed that he’s currently almost finished with a “Fright Night 3” novel that will, according to him, feature the return of Charley and Amy.
While no one knows what Holland has planned, it would stand to reason that he’d try and get adaptations of the novels he’s been working on to be made into full length films, though only time will tell.
Originally released in 1985, “Fright Night” starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse and Roddy McDowall. The film focuses on young Charley Brewster (Ragsdale), who discovers that his next door neighbor (Sarandon) is a vampire. Even though no one believes him, Charley strives to stop the vampire’s killing spree. Produced on a budget of $7 million, the film earned $24.9 at the domestic box office.