‘An American Werewolf in London’ Remake Gets a Writer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:29 am,

an american werewolf in london An American Werewolf in London Remake Gets a Writer

Things have been pretty quiet recently in regards to the Weinsteins’ planned remake of An American Werewolf in London. Fans that were hoping they’d retreat from the idea with their tails between their legs are in for a bit of disappointment – the project is still moving forward and now it’s picked up a writer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Fernley Phillips is in talks with the brothers to help deliver “a modern spin” on the horror/comedy classic. Phillips’ only produced credit to date is the Jim Carrey thriller The Number 23.

Although the Weinsteins  lost out on the opportunity to buy back Miramax, they’ve always retained the Dimension Films label used to release genre films and it looks like they’re counting on recognizable horror brands to keep The Weinstein Company afloat. In addition to An American Werewolf in London, there are Hellraiser and Children of the Corn remakes on the way, as well as the sequels Scream 4 and Halloween 3.

Remaking An American Werewolf in London seemed inevitable after the original’s director, John Landis, revealed that Hollywood had been after him for years to sell the rights to the film. Last summer he finally caved and the Weinsteins walked away as the new caretakers of the property.

As far as Phillips goes, it’s hard to gauge exactly what he’s bringing to the table with such a brief resume. I know The Number 23 wasn’t a particularly good film but there’s no telling how much was altered from script to screen and how much blame should really be assigned to the writer. However, I’ll admit that my initial reaction was that they should have gone after someone a bit more experienced and nuanced. An American Werewolf in London has such an impressive blend of scares and laughs and it’d be so incredibly easy to go too far in one direction with a remake.

The bigger problem is that I don’t think they should be remaking the film at all. Particularly because it seems like part of the Weinstein’s desperate effort to reinvigorate their company and not something born from passion or admiration. If a name like Edgar Wright were tossed into the mix I’d still be skeptical, but somewhat hopeful as well. At the moment though, this seems like the  shameless exploitation of a recognizable title with no deeper aspirations.

I suppose we can blame Twilight for the renewed interest in vampires and werewolves. I really hope they don’t attempt to pander to that crowd with a new version of An American Werewolf in London. I think it’s equal parts hysterical and frightening what some misguided Twilight fans think of Stephenie Meyer’s contributions to werewolf mythology.

I remember when our friends at Latino Review covered a story about one particular fan who wrote an angry letter to Universal just before the release of The Wolfman, boldly declaring that those at the studio should be ashamed of themselves for ‘stealing the werewolf character from Meyer’s series of books.’ These are strange times we’re living in, friends.

I’m not sure how you’d put a modern spin on An American Werewolf in London, but I do know it seems completely unnecessary.

Source: Los Angeles Times.

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  1. Surely it would be better to make a sequel, If alex was pregnant after the first movie then her son would now be in his 30′s and maybe beginning to shows signs of his late fathers traits! Either way it would make a great follow on from the original and pave the way for further movies. Have to point out that the only way this would work would be to get jenny augutter and rick baker onboard.

  2. I do believe that the movie industry forms a simple social mechanism by which the behaviors of citizens can be guided through entertainment. We all have to make a living with what we bring ourselves to sell – in this case, the movie industry has nothing more to teach – hence the endless remakes – a phase I’m told which spans from 2005 to 2025. Agter that, we should be ripe for further yet higher indoctrinations.

  3. Sick of reboots. Leave the original alone

  4. AAWL is like The Princess Bride. Re-making it will P!$$-0FF alot of people!

    Do a sequel…kids or grandkids(generational genetic skip) Do a college trip to Europe to visit grandma or something and visit the Slaughtered Lamb and accidentally trigger the change. He was getting busy with the nurse WHILE he was under a BLOODLINE CURSE. Do the math, its not hard.

    DO a Prequel…how it started…cannabalism.”..your decendants are blood cursed”, etc, etc.

    But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stay away from an actual re-make of the original. As God is my witness even if I want to see it I’ll avoid it like the Black Death.

    Fair Notice: No popcorn, No over-priced Soda, No 3 year old candy…nothing. Maybe when it hits the dollar bin.

  5. I am terrified of this idea. Putting a modern twist on things isn’t necessary or a good idea. The original is about two witty college kids that end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. To make an updated version, would be to recreate American Werewolf in Paris, a bunch of stupid kids with no class. Or of course we could make Jack and David hipsters. The only way that I could see this happening successfully, is with John Landis directing and Rick Baker returning to update his work with the new makeup techniques. And actors that resemble, and are just as clever as Griffin Dunne and David Naughton.

  6. I will only, repeat ONLY watch this, if Rick Baker does the make up, and there’s no CGI werewolves in it. That and John Landis directs again. But sadly I can’t see either happening. Another s*** remake cashing in on classic movies!