An American Werewolf In London Is Getting A Remake

Is nothing sacred?

An American Werewolf in London
80s horror classic An American Werewolf in London. Image Universal Pictures

Is nothing sacred in the eyes of Hollywood? Not if this news about An American Werewolf in London is anything to go by…

As reported by Deadline, the 80s horror classic is going to be remade by Max Landis, the son of the original’s director John Landis.

Landis Sr is sticking around to executive produce the new version, with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman also involved in a producer role.

That might sound vaguely promising, but Landis Jr’s output since Chronicle isn’t great reading (Victor Frankenstein, American Ultra) and American Werewolf In London is one of those perfect horror flicks that doesn’t need revisiting.

Let’s not forget how bad the 1997 sequel An American Werewolf in Paris was.

Released in 1981, An American Werewolf in London won Rick Baker an Oscar for Best Makeup and swiftly cemented itself as a horror classic.

It focused on two college students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) whose backpacking trip through Britain goes balls up after they’re attacked by a werewolf.

Film fans who’ve seen Werewolf will probably never forget Naughton’s bone-crunching transformation, the eccentric blend of humour and gore, or that shower scene with Jenny Agutter.

All of this will likely be recreated by Max Landis in some form – but will it ever be able to top the original?

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