Is infamous writer/director Max Landis about to remake one of his dad's all-time classics? That's what the prodigal son is teasing on Twitter. John Landis wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London way back in 1981, and it succeeded as one of the first horror comedies of that era. Now, it sounds like the movie might get resurrected. But it will be staying in the family.
An American Werewolf in London is considered one of the best werewolf movies of all-time, and even won Rick Baker a Best Make-Up Oscar. It should come as no surprise that in our current cinematic state of affairs that someone would eventually set out to remake or reboot the franchise. What makes this one a bit more interesting than the typical remake is that the script is coming from the original director's son.
Max Landis has a pretty solid resume, delivering the screenplay for the critically praised Chronicle. He also went on to pen the action comedy American Ultra and the thriller Victor Frankenstein, neither of which were big hits at the box office. He also has The Good Time Gang coming up, which follows two party-happy mercenaries who decide to take on a serious case involving a terrorist, only to find their mission complicated when they discover one of them is related to the target. He's also writing the David Ayer cop fantasy Bright for Netflix, which stars Will Smith.
At this time, it isn't known if this remake will be called An American Werewolf In London, or if it is simply titled American Werewolf. Anthony Waller directed a sequel in 1997 called An American Werewolf in Paris, which was not well-received by fans. It's possible that this new take on the series could reboot the horror comedy franchise, with a series of American Werewolf adventures set in different major cities around the world.
The An American Werewolf in London remake has not been announced by Universal, who hold the rights. But Max Landis did tweet out this series of hints, indicating that he is definitely taking on his dad's epic Lycanthrope adventure. There is also the possibility that Max Landis could direct the movie as well, as his career seems headed in that direction. He made his directorial debut earlier this year with the indie comedy Me Him Her. He is reportedly also writing a Pepe Le Pew movie for Warner Bros.
Since I get the question all the time:— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 18, 2016
There's only one of my dad's movies I'd ever be willing to try to remake and I'm already doing it.
currently definitely writing (some codenames in here)— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 1, 2016
bright ✔— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 12, 2016