Of all of the films written and directed by celebrated American filmmaker John Landis, no other is perhaps as highly regarded and well known among film buffs the world over as his 1981 British-American horror comedy An American Werewolf in London. Starring David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two best friends backpacking across the English countryside only to come into direct contact with a werewolf, the movie went on to become the first ever Oscar-winner for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for the iconic effects created by Rick Baker.
In the thirty-plus years since An American Werewolf in London fist saw initial theatrical release, the movie has gained a cult following that has ensured its enduring legacy as a monument of contemporary horror genre filmmaking. John Landis seemingly broke the mold with his scary comedy feature of 1981, but the latest word has it that his modern classic might be up for a remake – courtesy of none other than his own son.
According to Bloody Disgusting, none other than Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein) will be penning the script for the An American Werewolf in London remake. Taking up the mantle and inherited legacy to one of his father’s greatest achievements, Max Landis will presumably be giving everything that he has to getting the remake “right”. Seemingly speaking to the project in question on Twitter, the screenwriter stated that “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.” For his part though, Landis has already responded to the reports sparked by his previous comment:
I categorically deny any rumors about upcoming projects printed today.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 18, 2016
Whether or not fans of the original An American Werewolf in London will be pleased to learn that John Landis’ son will be taking over the reins to the beloved horror comedy cult-classic is up for debate. Max Landis has undoubtedly proven himself as a fairly prolific genre screenwriter and filmmaker in his own right, but taking over the remake of one of his father’s most appreciated theatrical properties feels little indulgent.
Then again, maybe Max Landis will provide a whole new generation with a brand new entry point into appreciating his father’s original film with a An American Werewolf in London remake that will brilliantly reimagine the property for contemporary audiences. Only time will tell how the project will fare as it continues to come together behind the scenes, so here’s to hoping for the very best until then.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all information related to the An American Werewolf in London remake.
Source: Bloody Disgusting