Looks like Dimension Films’ remake of John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London” is moving forward (honestly, did you think it wouldn’t?), with news that the studio is in negotiations with screenwriter Fernley Phillips (“The Number 23”) to script the adaptation.
Dimension Films nabbed the remake rights from Landis himself a few years back, and has always planned to remake the film, though it’s curious it’s taken them this long to just get around to it. Haven’t they been paying attention to the box office of the “Friday the 13th”, “Halloween”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remakes? Silly boys.
The 1981 original by Landis starred David Naughton as an American backpacker in Europe who runs afoul of a werewolf, gets bitten, and becomes the titular American werewolf in London. The film successfully merged comedy and horror, and is highly regarded by fans of the form. Which means there will be a lot of hand-wringing about the remake, but at the end of the day, it will still make enough to warrant a sequel or two. It’s almost a no-brainer, isn’t it?
Trailer for the 1981 original. Expect more CG gloss in the remake: