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Max Landis Reveals More About ‘American Werewolf in London’ Remake Approach

Max Landis is currently scripting his very own remake of his father John’s classic film An American Werewolf in London, and he just revealed over on Twitter that he’s finishing up the first draft today. Landis may or may not end up directing the film, which may or may not end up actually being made at all. Who knows. But he’s writing it.

Finishing my first draft of An American Werewolf In London today,” Landis tweeted this morning. “Took me way longer than usual because every time I opened the Final Draft file my laptop would slam closed under the weight of my father’s expectations.”

Later in the day, Landis dug a bit into his vision for a modern day take on An American Werewolf in London, highlighting a question from the original he’s aiming to answer.

A fan asked Landis the following question…

I’ve always wondered this point: it seems like the villagers dispatch the werewolf pretty easily once they decide to go out after Jack and David…why did they never do it before? Did they know the guy who was the wolf?

To which Landis replied…

Answering this question and the nature of the village’s role in the plot in the second and third act as of now are the biggest changes I’ve made to the original structure. I always wondered about that Pentagram. Doing some fun stuff.”

I’m going to do my best to make it great,” Landis recently promised.



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COMMENTS

33 Comments
  • Graham Dalrymple

    Dear god someone stop him lol

  • ShadowInc

    There is something entirely gross about Romero’s, and Landis’ kids using their father’s legacies to get a leg up in the industry.

    • Evan3

      Yes, truly terrible to have parents help their children. Or children using their parent’s connections to do something they love. What an abomination. I can’t wait to hear you take down Jason Reitman, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, George Clooney, Kate Hudson, Peter Jane and Bridget Fonda, Nic Cage, Sofia Coppola, Josh Brolin and Lon Chaney, Jr. too. TAKE THOSE BASTARDS TO TASK!

      • ShadowInc

        I could be wrong, but I don’t think any of those folks you mentioned actually rehashed one of their parent’s original film ideas, and plopped their name on it. Did I miss Sophia Coppola’s reimagining of THE GODFATHER, or Jason Reitman’s sequel to TWINS?

        • Evan3

          Chaney Jr essentially rehashed Sr.’s career. Kate Hudson has essentially redone her mom’s career too. But yeah, nothing I can think of off-hand as directly on-point. Still, I am sure That John is A-OK with handing the reins to Max with this series.

    • Saturn

      In fairness to Landis though, he has at least put out some decent stuff of his own, so…….

    • theundead

      Don’t be dumb looking for negative ways to hate the film and the director sons

  • Bart Crowe

    Max’s Dirk Gently series is really good but that is the exception to the rule that Max Landis sucks and everything he touches turns to shit.

    • J Jett

      i love DIRK GENTLY! such a fun show! Fiona Dourif’s ‘Bart’ character is my fave!

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I thought Chronicle was fine. It was a cool take on a superhero flick that actually made the found footage thing tolerable. It was a decent somewhat remake of Akira.

      My buddy says his Superman comic series was surprisingly good too.

      • Bart Crowe

        Forgot about Chronicle. Yeah that movie was fun and I’ll have to check out his Superman run.

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  • Munchie Strikes Back

    Hoping this never gets made, and looking forward to never seeing it if it does.

    • theundead

      I hope you know if its made no one is forcing you to watch it

  • Judge Satchmo

    I have a really amazing idea for touching a hot stove bare handed, but every time I do my 4 year old slaps my hand away. I’m just doing my best to live up to everyone’s expectations.

    When I see all the other terrific remakes of classics like Ghostbusters, Psycho, the Fog, 1998’s Godzilla, Robocop, Red Dawn, Flatliners, just to name a few, I say What could go wrong?!

  • Rohan

    Why don’t you make your own werewolf movie?

    • topknot01

      He wouldn’t get nearly as much attention.

  • DeadFuck

    Max Landis is facing an uphill battle with this fight. It’s a battle he can’t win. He’ll never get out from under the shadow of his father’s helicopter.

    • Iosh Evens

      Ouch.

  • Saturn

    Ah, so much like Romero’s son it looks like “Max knows better than daddy” and feels the need to explain the unnecessary back-story….

    We don’t need to know the back story of the original werewolf – unless the movie is a prequel, set many years before the events of AWIL, which perhaps shows that the curse has been among the locals for centuries, and it doesn’t need to end just as the original movie starts.
    Now, if there ever needs to be a sequel to the original movie (let’s forget about Paris) it could turn out that in the original movie, there were more than just the ONE werewolf – there were TWO.
    Male & Female.
    The male is obviously dead – and the female needs a mate – and follows David to London, but sadly gets there too late, and sees him gunned down in front of her, and others in the crowd. She has control over her curse, and can transform at will – the moon is her ally, not her enemy, and swears vengeance on those police who were involved in his brutal murder…
    The movie would serve more as a slasher, with our she-wolf hunting those who killed David, and their families, culminating with an attack on a farm-house where Alex is under police protection…..where it becomes apparent that there are not but one werewolf in play……

    • theundead

      Then don’t watch the movie

    • wolf

      Sounds like a very cool idea. maybe post it on a online story site? I would read it.

  • llcc1103

    Watching a train crash in ultra slow motion

  • Iosh Evens

    Outside of the amazing transformation and hilarious zoo sequence in the original, I don’t really get the love for it. Didn’t think much of it, I can get mad at the remake on principle though. So at least we all have that in common!

  • Graham

    I’ve said it before, but no matter how strong the script, the movie will still end up a CGI monstrosity.

  • Necro

    And so my fellow Horror enthusiasts if you absolutely HAD to pick one, which film would you rather be made by the surviving son? Or which sounds better, or has a better chance, the better feel if you will?

    A) Max Landis with ‘An American Werewolf in London’

    or

    B) Cameron Romero with his “genius” script ‘Night of the Living Dead: Origins’

    • Casey Williams

      B. Thanks to copyright laws, dozens of hacks have already crapped out Sam’s Club knock offs of the dead films. Might as well let his son take a dump too.

      • Necro

        Gotcha!

  • IWC-3PO

    Why can’t he just remake “Teen Wolf Too” instead?

  • Casey Williams

    All these coattail riding kids lately make you appreciate Brandon Cronenberg a tiny bit more. At least he made his own move.

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