Max Landis to Write, Direct Remake of 'American Werewolf in London'

The Hollywood Reporter

Another Landis is getting set to howl at the moon.

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

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and cohort David Alpert, who executive produce the hit AMC television show, will produce the American Werewolf remake, which is set up at Universal.

Also producing will be Todd Garner and Matt Smith. Landis and Andy Trapani 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 lone 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 Holistic Detective Agency. He also wrote Bright, the buddy-cop fantasy starring Will Smith that David Ayers is directing for Netflix.