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Max Landis to write & direct a remake of An American Werewolf in London

11.07.2016

An American Werewolf in London remake Max Landis

This summer Max Landis tweeted that "there's only one of my dad's movies I'd ever be willing to try to remake and I'm already doing it," which led fans to believe that the younger Landis was working on a remake of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, especially when you take into account that one of his upcoming projects was code-named MOORS. It seems like our fears have been confirmed as Deadline announced today that Max Landis is indeed working on a remake of the classic John Landis horror/comedy.

Max Landis is set to both write and direct the upcoming remake with The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman producing through their Skybound Entertainment for Universal Pictures. Landis says that his abbreviated pitch was "same movie takes place now" with "a few new jokes" and keeping things "practical as much as possible." Getting to see another great werewolf transformation done practically is definitely something to get excited about, but including it in a remake of a film which doesn't really need the remake treatment is something else entirely. I'm sure there are those who are pumped about a new version of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON from Max Landis, but sadly I'm not one of them. That said, I'll try to keep an open mind as well as a supply of crow on-hand should Landis' remake prove to be a worthy one. Dude's got some big shoes to fill.

John Landis' AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON followed two Americans, David and Jack, as they set off on a backpacking holiday in England. After a werewolf attack left Jack dead and David laying in a London hospital, a series of disturbing apparitions of his deceased friend informed David that he was now a werewolf and would transform at the next full moon. Cue Rick Baker's extraordinary werewolf transformation sequence.

What are your thoughts on Max Landis writing and directing a remake of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON?

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Source: Deadline

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1:04AM on 11/10/2016

this is NOT NEEDED

why remake this flick... it was perfect in the 1980s, it is perfect now... I watch this flick every halloween... absolutely perfect in every detail.... this cannot be replicated, duplicated, remade, retooled, reworked
its just not possible.... it doesnt need to be remade.
why remake this flick... it was perfect in the 1980s, it is perfect now... I watch this flick every halloween... absolutely perfect in every detail.... this cannot be replicated, duplicated, remade, retooled, reworked
its just not possible.... it doesnt need to be remade.
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11:41PM on 11/09/2016
Fucking NOPE! Max Landis sucks ass!
Fucking NOPE! Max Landis sucks ass!
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7:03PM on 11/09/2016
While I think him being allowed to remake his dad's film is pretty awesome in terms of keeping it in the family, and possibly gives them something to work on together as father and son...I'm not a fan of his persona/ego. He's a spoiled spawn of Hollywood royalty...everyone knows/sees it...but I think it is cool that he would get to work on something his dad created. Hell, if I was John Carpenter's son, do you think I wouldn't jump at the chance to have directed The Thing prequel, and have dad
While I think him being allowed to remake his dad's film is pretty awesome in terms of keeping it in the family, and possibly gives them something to work on together as father and son...I'm not a fan of his persona/ego. He's a spoiled spawn of Hollywood royalty...everyone knows/sees it...but I think it is cool that he would get to work on something his dad created. Hell, if I was John Carpenter's son, do you think I wouldn't jump at the chance to have directed The Thing prequel, and have dad giving me pointers? I would have, and made it awesome...regardless of all the haters! Ha!
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10:00AM on 11/08/2016
Oh No, The Humanity!!!!!!
Oh No, The Humanity!!!!!!
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9:05AM on 11/08/2016

Fan of max but not of his work..

It's weird - I really like max as a person and enjoy watching him talk movies and hearing him pitch interesting ideas, but for whatever reason, I just don't like his work lol. I thought chronicle was okay but everything else has been serviceable to pretty mediocre imo. He's definitely talented and insightful but I'm just not a fan of his actual work, strangely enough.
It's weird - I really like max as a person and enjoy watching him talk movies and hearing him pitch interesting ideas, but for whatever reason, I just don't like his work lol. I thought chronicle was okay but everything else has been serviceable to pretty mediocre imo. He's definitely talented and insightful but I'm just not a fan of his actual work, strangely enough.
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1:41AM on 11/08/2016

No no no

Time to disinherit that little fuck!
Time to disinherit that little fuck!
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12:02AM on 11/08/2016
I don't get the hate for Max Landis. If you actually take the time to read his scripts, they're a lot of fun and well structured. I love Chronicle, American Ultra and Me Him Her were fun movies, and his Superman comic American Alien was incredible. Dirk Gently on BBC right now is fantastic as well. I get that his personality might be a bit abrasive but as far as his work output goes, I think he's made enough good shit on his own to negate all these nepotism comments.
I don't get the hate for Max Landis. If you actually take the time to read his scripts, they're a lot of fun and well structured. I love Chronicle, American Ultra and Me Him Her were fun movies, and his Superman comic American Alien was incredible. Dirk Gently on BBC right now is fantastic as well. I get that his personality might be a bit abrasive but as far as his work output goes, I think he's made enough good shit on his own to negate all these nepotism comments.
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12:15AM on 11/08/2016
Hahahahahaha.
Hahahahahaha.
1:55AM on 11/08/2016
Okay.
Okay.
2:16AM on 11/08/2016
Umm... actually they're not. Chronicle is a good script, I'll definitely give him that. However, I've read the American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein ones and they're not good at all. They both suffer from classic "movie on rails" syndrome where you can tell he read Hero With A Thousand Faces or Save The Cat or some book and then took that system very literally and treats it as a fill-in-the-blank template, that can work if you have some subtlety, but he doesn't. Chronicle suffers from the same
Umm... actually they're not. Chronicle is a good script, I'll definitely give him that. However, I've read the American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein ones and they're not good at all. They both suffer from classic "movie on rails" syndrome where you can tell he read Hero With A Thousand Faces or Save The Cat or some book and then took that system very literally and treats it as a fill-in-the-blank template, that can work if you have some subtlety, but he doesn't. Chronicle suffers from the same thing, but its a little less obvious and it works because he had three really solid lead actors who gave awesome performances... which compensated for what were pretty flat (and very obviously Akira rip-off) characters in the script. Which is Landis' biggest problem as a writer in my opinion. He mistakes snark and self-perceived cool factor for characterization, usually gives them pretty underdeveloped arcs that feel like an obligatory checkbox rather than the driving force of the story that they should be, and interpersonal relationships usually fare even worse (which I think is the real reason why Chronicle is the best of his scripts). Granted, I haven't read all of his work, but based off the three I have I definitely don't think he's actually that smart or talented of a writer. I mean this is basic stuff they teach you in film school and he went to film school, so... he either didn't pay attention or didn't care and it shows.

To be fair, there are worse writers out there, but he's definitely not good, and those other writers aren't the omnipresent, arrogant as heck, entitled mega-douches that he is. Also, Landis has never written an episode of Dirk Gently, so while he's a producer on the series, it's quality and success has nothing to do with his writing.
10:30AM on 11/08/2016
That last line about Max Landis not writing an episode of Dirk Gently is false, and a quick search on IMDb would prove that. The only name credited so far as writer is Max Landis, so unless IMDb is wrong, and I don't know what makes you qualified to make that statement, he is actually the writer on all the episodes so far. Also, he is the showrunner, which makes him responsible for the day to day decisions. So, you may not like Max Landis, but don't try to take away credit for a project in
That last line about Max Landis not writing an episode of Dirk Gently is false, and a quick search on IMDb would prove that. The only name credited so far as writer is Max Landis, so unless IMDb is wrong, and I don't know what makes you qualified to make that statement, he is actually the writer on all the episodes so far. Also, he is the showrunner, which makes him responsible for the day to day decisions. So, you may not like Max Landis, but don't try to take away credit for a project in which he is largely involve. Or, maybe now, after I wrote this, you can just say that this show sucks because he plays a large role in it.
11:26PM on 11/07/2016
But Daaaaaaaaaaaaad, I wanna remake Werewolf in Londooooooon! It'll be really cool and hip like my hair!
But Daaaaaaaaaaaaad, I wanna remake Werewolf in Londooooooon! It'll be really cool and hip like my hair!
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11:15PM on 11/07/2016
Dear John Landis,
You can atone for Blues Bros 2000 to Burke and Hare by taking off your belt and belt and beating your spoiled, not talented kid's ass
Dear John Landis,
You can atone for Blues Bros 2000 to Burke and Hare by taking off your belt and belt and beating your spoiled, not talented kid's ass
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10:38PM on 11/07/2016
I know people arent on board either way, but why not just do a 3rd in the series with a different city.
I know people arent on board either way, but why not just do a 3rd in the series with a different city.
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10:28PM on 11/07/2016
When is this shit gonna stop?
When is this shit gonna stop?
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9:56PM on 11/07/2016
Of course he is. Took him long enough to **** on his Dads legacy.
Of course he is. Took him long enough to **** on his Dads legacy.
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9:13PM on 11/07/2016
He just deleted all his tweets regarding it, so god knows whats happening.
He just deleted all his tweets regarding it, so god knows whats happening.
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9:03PM on 11/07/2016
Max Landis sucks.
Max Landis sucks.
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