Beware the moon, Piccadilly Square, another naked American man is getting ready to steal balloons and indulge in other carnivorous lunar activities. John Landis’ son Max Landis confirmed he will be writing and directing the upcoming remake of his father Jon Landis’s 1981 comedic horror film An American Werewolf in London.
Dogma and Clerks director Kevin Smith caught up with Max Landis for an interview about in an interview for IMDb LIVE at San Diego Comic-Con.
“There was a rumor that American Werewolf would be joining the Dark Universe,” Landis told an incredulous Smith. “And then I heard that Robert Kirkman and David Albert, one of my mentors, a guy who shaped my career, shaped the way I view the film industry, who shaped the way I Iive my personal life, is still shaping it … a guy who was my mangers, approached me and said, ‘hey, you ought to go out for American Werewolf, to produce it.”
“I said ‘if I do that it will be the ultimate abdication of every accusation of nepotism I’ve ever face. It would literally be stapling my face to a bulls-eye.”
Max confirmed that the film will be a big studio project, listed some of the projects he’s been working on and admitted “fuck it. Yeah, I want to to American Werewolf.” He confirmed he will write the screenplay, and “thinks” he will direct it. He “likes the script” he wrote, and is “halfway through it.”
While Landis promises nothing. The film appears on its way.
The news comes months after rumors of An American Werewolf in London remake were “categorically denied” by the younger Landis, who wrote the movies Chronicle and American Ultra and writes the scripts for BBC America’s television adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Max Landis also wrote the upcoming buddy-cop movie Bright, which will star Will Smith that David Ayers is directing for Netflix. Max Landis also wrote the 2012 superhero movie Chronicle and executive produces Channel Zero on Syfy.
The remake will be produced through The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment under a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures.
Filmmaker John Landis’ original 1981 horror comedy starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as American college students David and Jack who choose a backpacking trip through England over a summer vacation in Santa Lucia. They ignore the advice of the pub patrons at the Slaughtered Lamb, veer off the moors, and get attacked by a wolf. Jack gets killed but David survives long enough to make it with the same British nurse who co-starred in Logan’s Run and make all of London his puppy chow.
Will the remake be good? I don’t know, I’ll let you know the next full moon.