Hollywood is about to remake another classic, but this time they are keeping it in the family. According to a new report, prolific screenwriter Max Landis is set to write and direct a remake of the classic horror/comedy An American Werewolf In London. His father John Landis wrote and directed the original and this time, he will serve as an executive producer.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline who claim that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is also set to produce the movie through his Skybound Entertainment production company for Universal. Max Landis did indirectly address the report on Twitter shortly after the news broke, saying that he couldn't add any further details on the project, but also that the story had "multiple factual errors" in it. It isn't clear if he was talking about this Deadline report for sure, but here is what he had to say.
"That said, it was an unofficial story, with multiple factual errors in it, and I have nothing further to offer on it at this time."
It is very unclear what those factual errors may be, but according to the Deadline report, John Landis, and Anthony Waller who directed An American Werewolf In Paris, recently secured the rights to An American Werewolf In London. The deal with Max Landis is apparently still being worked out, but he is most definitely attached. Max Landis recently made his feature directorial debut with Me Him Her, but he has directed several popular shorts, such as The Death and Return of Superman.
An American Werewolf In London is not only a beloved horror classic, but it is considered to be one of the best horror comedies ever made. The movie arrived to mixed reviews when it originally was released in 1981, but it has since found a lot of acclaim. It did win the legendary Rick Baker his first Oscar for his work with the makeup on the movie. In case you are unfamiliar with An American Werewolf In London, here is the official synopsis.
"David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), 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."
Currently, Max Landis is serving as a writer and executive producer for the BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency as well as executive producing on SyFy's Channel Zero. He also recently sold his fantasy/action movie Bright to Netflix, which is being directed by David Ayer and will star Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. There was no word on an anticipated release date or casting for the An American Werewolf in London remake, but more solid information will likely be released once all of the deals are finalized.