John Landis seals deal to sell remake rights to An American Werewolf in London

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dimension Films has struck a deal with John Landis for the remake rights to his 1981 cult-classic horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, according to The Hollywood Reporter. first reported that Landis was in talks to sell the remake rights. Here's what the trade paper reported:

Landis wrote and directed the comedy-horror film, which starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two American backpackers hiking in the Yorkshire moors attacked by a mysterious animal who turns out to be a werewolf. Naughton ends up terrorizing London while Dunne is a reanimated corpse suggesting ways for Naughton to kill himself and stop the curse.

No writer or director is on board, but Dimension and the producers hope to make an elevated genre picture that will keep the fun comedy elements of the original as it seeks to be relevant to contemporary audiences. Landis ... will act as an [executive] producer and possibly consult.