Love him or hate him, you have to admit that as a screenwriter Max Landis is not particularly short on original ideas. No less than four movies based on his scripts have been released over the past year or so, one of which (Me Him Her) was also his directorial debut. He is just starting to come into his own as a filmmaker, which is why this next bit of news might seem a little unexpected. He has reportedly signed on to write and direct a remake of a classic ’80s horror film that many will argue does not need a remake. Here’s the twist though: the original was directed by his father. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
A few months ago, Max Landis teased his followers on Twitter with the following statement:
“Since I get the question all the time: There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.”
Fans immediately cross-referenced a list of codenames for scripts he had in development, one of which was called “Moors”, and concluded that he was working on a new version of An American Werewolf in London. It would appear that they were right all along. This week Deadline has confirmed that a remake of An American Werewolf in London is in development at Universal Pictures with Max Landis attached to not only write the script but also direct as well.
The original film was released in 1981 and revolves around two American tourists (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) who are attacked by a werewolf while backpacking across the North York moors. It spawned a 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf In Paris, which was not particularly well received. No word yet on what he might do to set his version apart, but so far the reaction to the news seems to be mostly positive. The Walking Dead‘s David Albert and Robert Kirkman are producing through their company Skybound Entertainment while John Landis is on board as executive producer. Do you think An American Werewolf in London is due for a remake?