An American Werewolf in London is getting a remake with the original movie director's son at the helm.
According to Deadline, Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein and BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) has been tapped to pen and direct the remake of his dad’s 1981 cult classic horror/comedy movie, with The Walking Dead’s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman producing.
The awesome news comes after John Landis (who will executive-produce) and Anthony Waller (An American Werewolf in Paris) managed to secure the film rights with Universal Pictures. The site also reports that Max Landis’ deal is being negotiated by the studio.
The original was written and directed by John Landis and starred David Naughton, Jenny Agutter (Logan's Run) and Griffin Dunne. It followed two American backpackers on a hiking trip across England who are savagely attacked by a werewolf (of course, they don’t know that at the time). Dunne’s character dies but comes back as a reanimated corpse, and Naughton’s character, David Kessler, undergoes a transformation as a werewolf and goes on a killing spree, terrorizing the good folks of London in the process.
The special effects were created by Rick Baker, who won an Oscar at the time for his efforts, and I remember how freaked out I was when I saw David Naughton shed his human skin and painfully transform into a werewolf for the first time. It was some pretty darn chilling stuff back then, and the whole thing gave me quite a few nightmares. What can I say? I was young and impressionable. Good times.
Do you guys think Max Landis is the right man to spearhead the remake of An American Werewolf in London?