Deadline exclusively reports that Universal is developing a remake of John Landis’ 1981 film An American Werewolf in London, with his son Max Landis attached to write and direct.
Now celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the original film focused on two kids on a hiking vacation in England who are attacked by a werewolf. While one is brutally murdered, the other is bitten and starts to have nightmares of his friend warning him that he is becoming a werewolf. The film’s makeup artist Rick Baker won his first Oscar on the project.
The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and David Albert will be serving as Producers under their Skybound Entertainment banner, with the deal said to be agreed by John Landis and filmmaker Anthony Waller with the studio on the film rights. The deal for Max Landis is currently being negotiated. Todd Garner will serve as a Producer, while John Landis will Executive Producer along with Circle of Confusion’s Matt Smith, Broken Road’s Sean Robins and Andy Trapani.
Admittedly I’m not a fan of the idea of remaking An American Werewolf in London and I’m sure there will be some negative comments about this film having Max Landis attached to the project as he is a like or hate kind of figure.