Max Landis sent ripples of speculation across the internet with a Tweet this morning:
“Since I get the question all the time: There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.”
Max is the son of certified Master of Horror John Landis; the elder’s filmography includes: The Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, Burke and Hare, and the seminal werewolf thriller (which remains a paradigm of practical FX to this day) An American Werewolf in London.
So why do we hypothesize that Max is rebooting the latter? Is it just wishful thinking on the parts of horror fans worldwide? Back in 2009, Dimension Films announced they were rebooting Werewolf based on a screenplay written by The Number 23 scribe Fernley Phillips. Obviously, that one never came to fruition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the project is dead.
Back on June 30th, Max announced (also via Twitter) that he was working on a handful of projects, including one that was code-named “moors”. Could this be an allusion to the famous Werewolf line: “Keep clear of the moors”? Time will tell.
In the original American Werewolf in London: Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Max Landis wrote the screenplay for the found-footage-superhero-horror mash-up Chronicle.