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John Landis Advised Max Landis to Not Remake ‘American Werewolf in London’

An American Werewolf in London

Last we heard back in August, Max Landis is halfway through writing his script for a new take on An American Werewolf in London, which he also plans on directing. Many fans have expressed their displeasure about the project’s mere existence, but what does Max’s dad feel about all this?

John Landis of course directed the original An American Werewolf in London, and in a new chat with Collider, he revealed that he’s not exactly on board for a remake.

Truthfully, I’ve not seen his script. I advised him not to do it,” Landis told the site. “I think he’s putting himself in a bad position. My son is brilliant, he really is, and he wants to do it. So what am I going to say? No? I know it won’t be as bad as An American Werewolf in Paris, which was shit. So, I don’t know. He’s a great writer. He’s been writing since he was 7. He wrote a whole series of scripts about these characters called Yelp and Dopey, two dumb dogs, when he was under ten. They were so funny.”

When asked if he’d be involved in the film, Landis simply responded, “I get money.”



  • MrX13

    Don’t do it!

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Take your dad’s advice. Rob Zombie remade a horror classic and it sucked.

    Don’t be Rob Zombie….

  • HeWaTcHeSnOeYeS

    Goes to show how much talent Max has huh?

  • Creepshow

    John should advise Max to change his wardrobe, and stop looking like Ed Grimley.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I mean, why, though? Out of all the stories that can be told? The fans don’t want it, the director of the original (and his dad, BTW) is saying don’t do it, just – why? There could be a way to make a werewolf movie that “pays homage” without being a direct remake.

    • J Jett

      Chrissie i agree w/ you. if Max is so “brilliant”/talented (which i think he probably is at writing) then can’t he write something new/original?

      • MODOK

        Maybe son thinks he can top dad, even though it’s a fool’s errand in this case.

  • llcc1103

    Great advice from a great Director of a bygone era where there were original films and ideas.

  • So, am I basically the only person in the world that has a soft spot for American Werewolf in Paris? I mean, I wouldn’t argue that it’s actually GOOD, but I at least find it enjoyable.

    • The chicken man

      It’s a guilty pleasure movie for me. I’ve always loved it, just for different reasons than the first.

    • Necro

      No I enjoy it to CJ

    • Biscoito18

      I adore the whole sequence in the tunnels.

    • Mark B

      I really loved it when it originally came out. Of course back then I wasn’t a super die-hard horror fan that I am now, but you have to admit that the effects in Paris are its biggest downfall.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      It’s a terrible movie, and you’re a bad person for liking it.

    • Casey Williams

      I enjoy it to some extent. Most likely because I saw it at a drive in when I was younger, which is honestly probably where that movie belongs.

  • J Jett

    didn’t THE MUMMY just “borrow” a big part of WEREWOLF IN LONDON with Jake Johnson’s character redoing Griffin Dunne’s Jack gig?

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Been thinking the same.

  • guest

    becuz we cant think up an original story about a werewolf becuz its too hard and + brand name = $$$$.

  • Jayel

    “If it ain’t broke…”
    Listen, I’ve been watching this movie LITERALLY my entire life. In my brain I have entertained a remake, but then I’m like “Naaah”. I would prefer a digitally enhanced/remastered version over a full remake. But that’s just me.

  • Rohan

    John Carpenter said in an interview about his involvement in remakes, and he said that what he does is he “puts out his hand, and they put a check in it”. Sadly this seems to be the case for most directors, understandably with Carpenter, but sad in the grand scheme. The only director who is taking charge of reboots is Ridley Scott, to some success, I guess.

  • ShadowInc

    If Max was such an enormous talent, couldn’t he create his own original material to direct, rather than exploiting his father’s name, and ideas?

    • Mark B

      Outside of Chronicle everything Max has written is garbage IMO. I think he gets most of his work due to his namesake and his mediocre success he’s had from the one hit Chronicle.

  • Necro

    Leave it alone man, leave it alone! To many remake ‘cash grabs’ in the last couple of years. Try something original you’ll at least be respected more.

  • Graham

    The script could be utterly brilliant but the end product will still be a CGI monstrosity. I think that much is inevitable.

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    Obviously he doesn’t have that much faith in his sons abilities. He knows it’s going to be s***.

  • Edgar Pinecone

    It doesn’t matter how amazing the script turns out, the chances of it getting to the screen intact seem pretty low. Still, go for it! Either it’s garbage and discarded immediately or it’s okay and we get another good movie.

    …Actually, I vote for third option. I bet it turns out to be, “Eh, wasn’t that bad…just nowhere near as good as the original. Some of the CG sucked.”

    • Kristoffer Groves

      American Werewolf in Paris had some of the worst CGI ever.

  • Gordon Franklin Terry Sr.

    Father Knows Best. If it were a remake/sequel/prequel with other imagined stuff going on with his father’s blessing then sure.

  • DE@DFukk

    Why remake it? Max will never get out from under the shadow of his father’s helicopter

  • marklola12 .

    you can tell hes lying about his faith in how good his son his when the only thing he can come up with is his sons scripts about dopy dogs when he was 10 lol

  • jurgmandr

    If they use fucking CGI for the werewolf I’m going to lose my shit. Still hands down one of the best transformation sequences onscreen (howling, dog soldiers and underworld all get honorable mentions). I really don’t think they can bring anything new to the table with this remake, the original is basically untouchable imo. I’d honestly prefer they set it somewhere else, like eastern europe, say near romania/transylvania.

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