Despite dismissing rumours that he would be working on the remake of his father John’s horror-comedy, it has been confirmed that Max Landis will indeed be both writing and directing the new film.
The 1981 original saw two Americans on holiday in the English countryside, both of whom are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, showing up in later visions as a zombie, and the other begins the slow and horrific transformation into a werewolf himself. The film saw Rick Baker win his first Oscar for the makeup and effects.
The details of the remake are being kept under wraps for now, but alongside Landis will be his father as an executive producer after negotiating the rights with Anthony Waller, who made An American Werewolf in Paris in 1977. Joining the father-son duo are The Walking Dead’s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, as well as Andy Trapani (who has been trying to get this film made for nearly a decade), as producers.
Max Landis has also written action films Chronicle and American Ultra, as well as writing and directing Me Him Her and writing the upcoming Bright - so it should certainly be interesting to see what he brings to the table for Werewolf, and whether it lives up to the iconic original.