'American Werewolf in London' Remake to Be Written, Directed by Max Landis

The Hollywood Reporter

By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter

Another Landis is getting to howl at the moon.

Max Landis will write and direct a remake of American Werewolf in London, following the footsteps of his father John Landis, who directed the 1981 original.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and cohort David Albert, who exec produce the AMC television show, are to produce the remake, which is set up at Universal.

Also producing will be Todd Garner and Matt Smith, and John Landis will executive produce.

The original movie told the story of two Americans backpacking in the English countryside who are attacked by a creature. Weeks later, the survivor begins to see apparitions of his dead friend, who warns him that he is turning into a werewolf. Bloody mayhem ensues.

The movie was influential in 1980s horror and was groundbreaking in the visual arena: it won the first-ever Oscar for outstanding makeup and catapulted the career of creature creator Rick Baker.

Max Landis wrote the geek-friendly movies Chronicle and American Ultra and is the screenwriter behind BBC America’s television adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Hollistic Detective Agency.

He also wrote Bright, the buddy cop fantasy that David Ayers is directing for Neflix with Will Smith starring.

Watch the trailer for the original: