John Landis Doesn’t Approve of “An American Werewolf in London” Remake

John Landis Doesn’t Approve of “An American Werewolf in London” Remake

There comes a time in life when we come across a rare piece of work, considered to be a singular classic and impossible to replicate, and we are tempted to reproduce it again. The inherent inkling is to do just that, but we must do our best not to even try to preserve the uniqueness and integrity of the original work. One example of such is the 1981 John Landis film, An American Werewolf in London, a true classic in its genre. With Landis’ story to Baker’s special effects, the film crosses horror and comedy in an unprecedented way that made frightening somehow funny and vice versa.

The sequel to the original, An American Werewolf in Paris, featured more popular names, yet it didn’t quite hit the mark. After that happened, many people believed that it’s just virtually impossible to remake the film rightly or follow it up successfully plainly because of how great it was.

That doesn’t Landis’ greatest fan, perhaps, in giving it another chance. Max Landis, John Landis’ son, is looking into a remake of the original. Max Landis is a brilliant screenwriter known for a variety of films including Mr. Right, American Ultra, Viktor Frankenstein, and Chronicle. He has already announced his directorial plans for the remake despite his father’s opposition. According to sources, John Landis advised his son to not make the film. John believes that while there’s no way his son could ever make anything that will remotely be as bad as the Paris sequel, he still thinks that it’ll be a bad move for his son’s career.

Max Landis, however, can’t be stopped in his tracks. He’s set his eyes on a remake, and that’s what he’s going to do. Unfortunately for him, his father is not going to have any involvement in the project, and neither should he. John Landis has already created a masterpiece; he shouldn’t have to take part in its corruption.

Not that the original can be touched in any way, but this is somewhat close to home since it is John Landis’ son that’s making the move. There’s actually a slight expectation there for the film to be great. There’s a hope that Landis will create something that will resemble what his dad had created, maybe even surpass his creation, if that’s at all possible. What John Landis created a long time ago was as close to perfection as you can get in any film of the sort, and there aren’t many of those sorts to begin with.

The remake is still in the process of being written by Max Landis himself. We’re not sure how long that process will take or if it will go further at all. We sure hope for the best, as we’re sure John Landis does for his son as well. This project will be the true test as to whether perfection can be improved. In the case of An American Werewolf in London, there’s very little wiggle room; but if there’s one man who might be able to get it done, it’s got to be someone in the family.


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