It’s official: ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Remake is Happening
Just a few months ago, Max Landis denied any involvement with a remake of his father’s cult classic. Well, it turns out that he lied. Per Deadline, not only will Max Landis be penning the remake, but he’ll also direct. The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and David Albert will produce via their company Skybound Entertainment for Universal Studios. I suppose if there’s one small sliver of silver lining, it’s that John Landis will serve as executive producer.
Typically, I have no issues with remakes. We’ve been given fantastic remakes over the years, like Evil Dead, The Last House on the Left, or The Hills Have Eyes. Even when remakes of beloved classics have been terrible, they still can’t detract from the original. Yet, I can’t help but feel saddened by this news. There are so few werewolf films in existence, and even fewer great ones, so it seems a shame that we’re in for another reboot before an original story. Make that two, if we’re counting Universal’s The Wolf Man reboot.
And then there’s Max Landis, a writer with credits including Victor Frankenstein, a bromance film about Victor Frankenstein and his hunchback assistant Igor. When news broke, Max Landis tweeted that his pitch for the remake required practical effects when possible, but he’s since deleted all tweets related to the news. Considering the original contains the best werewolf transformation of all time, there better be practical effects in the remake. ARE YOU LISTENING, UNIVERSAL?
As of now, there’s no cast in place or any set date for production. We can worry about that when it comes to pass. For now, let’s just hug our DVDs and Blu-rays close, and revisit the original transformation sequence, below.