‘American Werewolf’ Is Back With A New Landis At Helm

By November 8, 2016
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If anyone is going to do a remake of the 1981 cult classic An American Werewolf in London, why not make sure it’s a Landis in the director’s chair.

No, not John Landis of National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers fame who helmed the first one. Instead, his son Max Landis will take over, pushing forward a remake project that has been in the works for years.

Universal Pictures, which bought the studio that originally produced American Werewolf in 2000, will be the studio in charge of this reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But it also will include a big name in horror – The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

The original movie told the story of two Americans backpacking in the English countryside who are attacked by a creature. Weeks later, the lone survivor begins to see apparitions of his dead friend, who warns him that he is turning into a werewolf. Bloody mayhem ensues.

The younger Landis will write and direct the remake, just as his father did 35 years ago – four years before Max Landis was even born.

chronicle110816Max Landis has been creating his own Hollywood cred. Although most of his directing work has been in shorts, he has proven himself a capable writer with the popular 2012 film Chronicle. He also created Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America, which stars Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood.

He also wrote Bright, which right now is in front of the cameras with Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace. Netflix, which is producing the film, has earmarked $90 million toward Bright‘s budget.

An American Werewolf in London earned $62 million globally in 1981, according to The Numbers. That would be $169.9 million today. That was enough to finish eighth in worldwide box office for the year, a list that was led by Raiders of the Lost Ark and included the James Bond flick For Your Eyes OnlyStripes and Superman II.

The film also helped launch the career of one of Hollywood’s most prolific creature creators, Rick Baker. In fact, he won the very first-ever awarded Oscar for makeup thanks to his work on this film. However, it did end up costing him credits on The Howling and Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which were both filming around the same time.

No other details, including casting or a timetable, were released. But it’s possible Landis could film next year for a potential Halloween release, if not for early 2018.

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