Toni Collette has also been added to the cast as the nosey kid's mom (previously played by Dorothy Fielding), which is great because Toni Collette is all sorts of awesome -- but there are still some key roles to be filled: there's the vampire's "familiar" assistant (previously played by Jonathan Stark), the lead kid's sweet girlfriend (played by Amanda Bearse back in '85), and the former movie star turned vampire killer Peter Vincent, who was originally played by the late, great Roddy McDowall.
HV also indicates that the DreamWorks production will be distributed by Disney, which is weird because the original flick was a Columbia (now Sony) release. Going only by the early casting ... I'm actually feeling pretty positive about this particular horror remake. Cautiously optimistic, you'd call it.