Saturday, 21 January 2017

Max Landis set to write and direct new take on An American Werewolf In London

A couple of months ago, there was chatter – denied at the time by the man himself – that Max Landis (Chronicle) would be involved in the long gestating remake of his father John's classic horror comedy An American Werewolf In London (1981). Looks like he was actually waiting for deals to be close to finished as news arrives via Deadline that he is now on board for the new take.





Deadline reports that Landis is aboard to write and direct the new film, the details of which are mostly being kept under wraps at this point. But Landis' father is an executive producer, having negotiated a rights deal with Anthony Waller, who made An American Werewolf In Paris (1997). David Alpert and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) are on board to produce alongside Andy Trapani (The Haunting In Connecticut), who has been trying to put this together for nearly a decade.

The older Landis' 1981 original saw David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two Americans on holiday in England who are attacked in the countryside by a werewolf. One is killed (though pops up in visions as a zombie) and the other begins a slow, painful transformation into a werewolf himself. Rick Baker won his first Academy Award® for creating the make-up and effects.

We are certainly fascinated to see what Landis, who has written the likes of Chronicle (2012), American Ultra (2015), the upcoming Bright, and both wrote and directed Me Him Her (2015), will bring to the tale. Beware the moon...

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