Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Governor Bill Richardson and Mayors Swisstack and Berry Welcome DreamWorks Studios Production of Fright Night to New Mexico

For Immediate Release                                                 Media Contact: Pahl Shipley

July 28, 2010                                                      New Mexico Film Office (505) 476-5600


Governor Bill Richardson and Mayors Swisstack and Berry Welcome DreamWorks Studios Production of Fright Night to New Mexico


Remake of 1985 horror/comedy classic features all-star cast


SANTA FE -- Governor Bill Richardson, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, and Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack today welcomed the production team of the horror/comedy film Fright Night to New Mexico.  The movie is a production of DreamWorks Studios, in association with Gaeta Rosenzweig Films and Michael De Luca Productions.  Filming is underway in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and will continue until October. The production is expected to employ approximately 175 New Mexico cast and crew.


"New Mexico's talented and experienced crew base, versatile and beautiful locations, and state-of-the-art facilities mean that the state can host virtually any genre or kind of production, including vampire films," said Governor Richardson.  "I am pleased that DreamWorks is back in New Mexico and we value our relationship."


"Rio Rancho welcomes the cast and crew of this film production, which will be one of the largest and most extensive to ever take place in our community," said Mayor Tom Swisstack. "Rio Rancho hotels and restaurants will benefit from increased business due to this project, and this is a result of Governor Richardson's efforts to promote the film industry in our state and the positive impacts it can bring to local communities."


"Fright Night will shoot in Albuquerque for 10 weeks," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.  "That's 10 weeks of spending.  That's 10 weeks of New Mexicans at work. And that's 10 weeks our folks get to make Hollywood stars feel right at home here in Albuquerque."


Fright Night is a remake of the 1985 cult classic of the same name that starred Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell.  It tells the story of a teen-aged boy who is convinced his neighbor is a vampire.


The film stars Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Anton Yelchin, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  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 Governor Richardson took office in 2003, more than 141 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3 billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.


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