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!