It’s been a while since we heard anything about the long-rumored remake of cult classic horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, but now reports are coming in that the project is finally moving forward at Universal Pictures, with a director attached: none other than Jon Landis’ always outspoken son, Max.
According to Deadline, Landis Jr. has signed on to direct and write the movie, with The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman producing through their Skybound Entertainment. Jon Landis is apparently also on board as an executive producer.[zergpaid]
The original ’80s flick told the story of a pair of American tourists who are attacked by a monster while trekking across the Yorkshire moors, one of whom also becomes a werewolf at the next full moon. As he struggles to come to terms with the terrible truth and endures regular visits from his recently deceased (and increasingly decaying) pal, he also falls for the nurse that looked after him when he first arrived in hospital.
An American Werewolf in London is generally regarded as one of the greatest horror comedies of all-time because of its effortless blend of scares, gags, and at times, genuine poignancy. It remains to be seen if Max Landis can replicate some of that magic for his own interpretation, but at this point, we’ll remain cautiously optimistic and await further updates.