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Guess Who Could Be Remaking ‘An American Werewolf in London’? (Exclusive)

An American Werewolf in London

The most difficult subgenre to tackle, in my opinion anyways, is that of the lycanthrope. I don’t know what it is about werewolf movies, but they’re so difficult to get right, which is why it’s always exciting to get new additions like Late Phases or Howl.

While Ginger Snaps may be my own person favorite werewolf film, there’s no argument that John Landis’ 1981 An American Werewolf in London, which won an Oscar for “Best Makeup” (Rick Baker), is the gold standard.

With nearly everything being remade, it shouldn’t shock any of us to learn that An American Werewolf in London, too, is getting the reboot.

We’ve been poking around this for quite some time, but it’s been all but confirmed by the writer behind it – Max Landis. Yes, John’s son, who scripted the awesome Chronicle, as well as Victor Frankenstein and the upcoming “Channel Zero” on Syfy, is allegedly penning a modern take on his father’s classic. Here’s his tweet, which has since been deleted:

Update: After this morning’s speculation, Max has since denied the report, although we can confirm that he was in fact developing this project for his father. It’s unclear if he’s working on this or something else as well.

The question is, will it be called An American Werewolf in London or just simply American Werewolf, which would avoid rights issues? I love how easily this franchise could expand… An American Werewolf inJapan? Hawaii? Mexico? Ohio? What we do know is that the project is now at Universal after originally being announced over at Dimension.

Whatever the case, I like Landis’ work, and think that it’s sort of cool that he’s revisiting his father’s classic. And for the record, I’m not anti-remake…I’m anti-bad movies. Landis is a really good writer. Feel good about this.

And just for fun, let’s take a look back to two years ago when Landis hilariously reenacted David Naughton’s transformation scene in a spoof for Cinefix…

Update #2: Bloody-Disgusting has known that Landis has been working on this project for quite a while but what we just learned is that the intention has always been for him to direct! Watch this spot for official news as it comes in.

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COMMENTS

40 Comments
  • nowaygetreal

    Please no. PLEASE NO. Just because you’re his son does not make this a good idea.

  • Creepshow

    Oh good! I needed another movie that I already know what happens,
    to not look forward to.

  • Astro Zombie

    Max Landis is a douchebag, and Chronicle was just an AKIRA ripoff.

  • GinsuVictim

    I’m not generally a fan of remakes, however, I like Max Landis, and since we knew this would eventually get remade, I’m glad he’s the one to do it.

  • Angela M Campany

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Grandpa Fred

    Here’s my response: I will ignore this and never see it and continue enjoying the original. Problem solved.

    • lostboy408

      Sexist!

      (Sorry, just getting it out of the way now.)…

      How dare you have an opinion!

      • Grandpa Fred

        The outrage, amirite.

  • Alanmac

    Okay I’m not generally against remakes. I love seeing a fresh perspective on even the classics and I quite enjoyed the first TCM redo, Dawn of the Dead and Evil Dead but THIS one I may have a problem with. If they just edit in the original transformation and werewolf SS trooper dream sequence then I’ll be okay with it. I can’t imagine ANY way they could possibly improve on those parts of the movie, especially the transformation. It’s utter perfection which, by definition, means it can’t be improved.

    • James

      No one has ever topped the transformation scene in this classic.

      • Saturn

        You are crazy.
        The CGI werewolf transformation scenes in Van Helsing are vastly superior…..

        I’ll get my coat. And pills.

        • James

          Not even close

    • Saturn

      I wouldn’t say that the transformation is “perfection” (although it is brilliant – and mostly still stands up today,alongside JC’s The Thing) – it mostly is, but the long shot in the transformation kinda spoils it (a little) for me.

  • Taylor

    “I love how easily this franchise could expand… An American Werewolf in… Japan? Hawaii? Mexico? Ohio?”

    That worked so well with Paris, right?

  • Name

    k this time please make the werewolf look like a yorki.
    and this time when he’s four-legging it down the city sidewalk, snapping at people, lets see some leg-humping action too.

  • Aaron King

    Why not do a sequel instead? Pretend the other didn’t happen and pick up after #1.

    • Weren’t they planning to do a prequel called ‘An American Werewolf’ at one point? That could have been interesting. Presumably set in Yorkshire, and following the story of the wolf that attacked the guys in ‘London’… although it would be very unfortunate for two Americans to go wolfy in Yorkshire.

      • chien_clean

        I always thought a sequel could have worked even after the Paris one calling it An American Werewolf in London 2.. But a sequel that goes back to the origin. Have an American guy go into the Sacriced Lamb and try learning what happened there, why the star on the wall is there, etc…maybe go deep into those woods and find the reason for the rampant curse of werewolfism that has occured there. Maybe it had to do with witchcraft and a tragedy that happened there. You could even do a flashback to the middle ages. But I would want John Landis to do it. And that guy that discovers all this is not safe too, he gets attacked, etc….They could even have David and his friend appear as zombies talking to the new guy, adding to the fun.

        • Creepshow

          Hey!
          That sounds awful.

        • Sounds interesting, although I worry that might re-tread old ground – not that AWIP didn’t, but you know what I mean. I think the main problem with AWIP was all the bad CGI, and they made the humour way too cheesy.

  • Sacrilege!

  • Grimphantom

    …..

    • Saturn

      Is that Mary Elizabeth Winstead?

      • Grimphantom

        lol you’re thinking of Ramona Flowers, right? I don’t blame ya since Lapis Lazuli does resemble a bit of Ramona but also Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

        • Drinkyourtea

          That’s adventure time right? I could be wrong.

          • Grimphantom

            Nope, Steven Universe which i recommend watching.

  • chien_clean

    This guy’s favorite werewolf movie is Ginger Snaps? Goddamn effminate millenials.

    • PsychoMantis18

      LOL. Funny

  • Serpico Jones

    Max Landis is a hack.

  • ScriptGiverTJ

    Landis has been refuting this all day. Everyone catch the fuck up already.

    • Creepshow

      Misinformation you say?
      Preposterous!

  • Creepshow

    Max should remake Back to the Future.
    And play George McFly.

  • blueskythis

    This movie is a classic – leave it all alone. Not just for the ground breaking special effects of the time… Great story, atmospheric and quite horrific – it could make you laugh and scare the shit out of you at the same time . And then there’s the soundtrack.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    This movie is perfect. It doesn’t need an update.

  • THGrimm

    Ugh. Or just write a sequel or an original werewolf film . . .

    • Rezzzz

      I totally agree, I don’t understand why these movies are remade when you can continue the story…damn!

  • Josh Nitsche

    He’s clearly talking about remaking Beverly Hills Cop III.

    • lostboy408

      Sounds more like Innocent Blood

  • Brian Starling

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And it ain’t broke.

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