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:
Since I get the question all the time:
There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 18, 2016
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 in… Japan? 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.