An American Werewolf in London is getting a remake. Before you groan about "another remake," this one is a little different. Taking control of this remake is Max Landis, son of John Landis, who wrote and directed the original Werewolf.
Max announced to Twitter that he is finishing up his draft, which was met with mostly supportive responses. Most figured that he was talented enough to do the remake justice - especially since his dad made the original. A few just didn't want a remake to be done, but even among those, the realization was that if anyone was going to remake the Academy Award-winning original, it should probably be kept in the family.
Max seems a little underwhelmed by his dad's film, stating that "It's CRAZY how little happens in the movie." Judging by his tweets, it looks like Max might be doing some major changes to the "doctor/police" stuff - or excising them all together.
Twitter user @GBobD posed this question to Max: "I've always wondered this point: it seems like the villagers dispatch the werewolf pretty easily once they decide to go out after Jack and David...why did they never do it before? Did they know the guy who was the wolf?" Max's response?
So it sounds like Max's version of An American Werewolf in London will be significantly different than John's. In addition, Max makes sure to mention "fun stuff" with that "pentagram." Maybe he is working in some black magic stuff?
There is no release date for the remake; production hasn't even gotten under way. The original film followed two American students who are attacked by a werewolf while just outside London (hence the title). It starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, and won the first regular Academy Award for Best Makeup for Rick Baker's revolutionary werewolf transformation makeup.
A loose "sequel" was released in 1997 called An American Werewolf in Paris, with none of the original cast. Neither John nor Max Landis were involved in that film.
What's your take on Landis' remake? Are you game for another take on the story?