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‘An American Werewolf in London’ Remake Happening With Max Landis

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Back in August, Brad reported that Max Landis, son of John Landis, was working on writing and directing a remake of his father’s film An American Werewolf in London. The younger Landis denied this report, although he didn’t deny that a remake was in the works. Now it appears that he was yanking our chain the whole time as it’s been confirmed by Deadline that such a remake is underway with Max both writing AND directing! Gotcha!

Also of interest is that Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, both producers on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, will be producing this remake through their Skybound Entertainment banner. John Landis himself will be acting as an executive producer.

In the original 1981 horror film, which starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne:

David and Jack, two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Max Landis wrote the 2012 superhero thriller Chronicle and is an executive producer on Syfy’s “Channel Zero”.

Alright fans, what are your thoughts on this? Personally, I’m always up for a new werewolf movie and I think the possibility of kicking off a new series of “An American Werewolf in [Insert Location Here]” films could be rather exciting. Shit, I’d be up for it if they found a way to make it almost like an Indiana Jones adventure franchise but with tons of horror, blood, and carnage! Take me around the world, show me interesting people, and then kill them!



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  • iamraging

    Jesus Christ! Does everything have to be remade? If Max Landis can make a great werewolf film, why not just go make one without trading on his father’s absolute classic?!?! And what is it that makes fans accept all these remakes/reboots!?! Being a horror fan is one thing, but you guys gush over anything in the genre just because it exists. Oh well, at least I’ve been saving a lot of cash by not paying to watch all this unoriginality.

    • oh_riginal

      To be fair, he has put himself in a position where he has to live up to his father’s awesome movie. In a sense, I’d rather see him take a crack at it instead of some guy who happened to be walking by the office when the studio execs threw out the idea of what to remake.

      • Terry Powell

        Yeah, its gonna happen anyway, so it might as well be him.

      • Richter Belmont

        You perfectly described how Rob Zombie got the Halloween gig in a nutshell.

  • Creepshow

    I’m gonna go to the “clown store” and remake Max’s wardrobe.

  • Grimphantom

    Being the son doesn’t mean you’re going to do a good job. I’m all for a new werewolf movie but come on, start with something new for once, if you like American Werewolf try adding some reference to your movie. An homage along with other werewolf movies like The Howling, Ginger Snaps, Dog Soldiers…..

    We all know how this will end up, especially with the whole special effects which we really doubt they will top the FX from the original, if the 2011 version of The Thing couldn’t top the 1982 version how will this have any chance?

    Do yourself a favor, Max and try doing something new! If you like to pay a tribute to your dad’s film try making an homage of classic werewolves.

    • oh_riginal

      I hear what you’re saying, but on the other hand, having Kirkman and co. involved means maybe they’ll be lucky and include Greg Nicotero on effects, since he’s so heavily involved in The Walking Dead. That would mean that at least some of the effects would be practical.

      That doesn’t mean it will automatically be better than the original effects, but Nicotero is a veteran in the effects department. Ask Tom Savini.

  • Evan3

    As a dad, that would be thrilling. I’m sure John is thrilled that Max is remaking his most classic film.

    As a film goer…. ehhh. I’d much prefer a sequel or spin-off (I actually enjoyed American Werewolf in Paris… not nearly as much as London obviously, but I thought it was fun overall). There is just no reason. The film still holds up, as do the fx. And as entertaining as I find Max, his work is a complete mixed bag.

  • Fuck Max Landis.
    Fuck this remake.
    Fuck all this constant remake bullshit. I really can’t stand it anymore.

    • iamraging

      And Amen!

  • Rohan Sorensen

    It’s not needed. The original could come out today and still be cutting edge.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    OK but no helicopters stunts

    • chien_clean

      ah ha ha

  • Saturn

    How about a modern take on the series, a movie in the same universe?
    An American Werewolf In Afghanistan.
    Have it about a Marine who, while separated from his platoon, is attacked by some massive beast in the desert, who is actually saved by a member of the Taliban, who nurses him back to health. Perhaps the legend of the werewolf in those parts is covered by the legend of the Djinn (one would assume that the Muslim world has similar tales of Lycanthropy).
    Once returned to the US on medical grounds the transformation happens – perhaps at some kind of military hospital, which leads to a breakout into the general population.

    There – a new spin on the franchise.
    Not too difficult, eh, Hollywood?

    • CGP

      That’s a seriously awesome idea right there. You better write it before it gets stolen!

      • Saturn

        I honestly believe that many of us who frequent BD could come up with stuff a lot more original than what Hellyweird is giving us at the moment.
        It would make sense for horror film makers to actually “listen” to us about what we actually want from the genre,

        Enough of the constant reboots and watered down stuff.
        Make HORROR movies for HORROR fans.

    • THGrimm

      Awesome! You even take the war/soldier themes introduced in AWIL and use them here.

  • diapers

    I’m nominally supportive of anything besides a “remake”. Same universe = ok. Same plot, screw that.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Max is a douche. Remakes generally suck. Can’t wait.

  • Mike Wallace

    I’m fine with remakes if improvements can be made to the film. Usually older films that could use updated SPFX (Godzilla, King Kong, etc…) or just an all around better product (The Thing, The Blob, etc…). Movies like Psycho, Halloween, and American Werewolf in London need no improvement. The original is as perfect as they can be in my opinion. Why not just make an entirely new werewolf film instead?

  • guest

    because coming up with an original werewolf movie is too hard.
    and $$$grab.

    • Mike Wallace

      That sounds about right.

  • Kris

    I really wish they would stop remaking and rebooting movies, I am sick of it. Its one thing to reboot a very old movie from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or early 60’s (Black and White/low tech) but a movie like this, no. They are even going to remake Rocky Horror Picture show…completely not needed.

  • Christian

    The original was brilliant and contains one of my two all-time favorite werewolf transformations. Because of that I’m concerned over a remake no matter who is at the helm. Next to too many crap CGI FX the worst thing that could happen to this movie is it gets watered down, as with so many other reboots, to a PG-13 pile of coyote crap. The third worst thing would be the lack of that iconic howl. That’s easily one of the greatest sound FX ever created. It would be a shame if it weren’t carried forward.

  • Bart Crowe

    Who keeps throwing money at that hack Max Landis? He’s only done three good things Chronicle, that Wrestling isn’t Wrestling video, and appearing on Red Letter Media’s Best of the Worst show.


    they have the right people involved, though it isn’t really needed. just please don’t make it a cgi fest

  • chien_clean

    Why not make a sequel? Forget American Werewolf in Paris just have it being An American Werewolf 2 with Max writing, John directing. Have Griffin Dunn and DAvid Naughton be ghosts in the movie that argued with each other throughout. Have a new guy being cursed and explore the whole Slaughtered Lamb thing, what it was about, what is this place, etc…

    BTW, You guys should check out a pretty good British Werewolf horror movie that came out a few years ago called “Werr”. It’s fantastic.

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