John Landis Open to American Werewolf Remake

A. Quinton — Jun. 30th 2008

Is nothing sacred? As reported by Bloody Disgusting and others, John Landis, director of American Werewolf In London, confirmed at HorrorHound that he would be open to doing a remake of his classic 1980s werewolf film. Landis owns the rights to AWIL, and is apparently “in talks” with people to resurrect David, Jack and Nurse Price. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a terrible idea. What do you think? Should AWIL be “re-imagined” for 21st century audiences? Post your opinions in the comments.

  • Laughing Hyena

    Yeah, he owned the rights and then werewolf fans had to suffer watching the cheap looking CGI mess AWIP. The other problem is that they will change the movie to keep it updated or to get a lower rating (Meaning Uncut DVD later on). So a big fat no.

  • Werewolf News Admin

    Agreed, LH. Paris was a cheesy CGI washout. I’d rather watch one of the Underworld titles– they’re just as cheesy, but at least the werewolves look awesome.

  • Hmm…another hyena? Interesting!

    Anyway, I go with no re-imagining. If Landis was planning a sequel with all new characters, then *maybe* I could see myself being open to that. But please, look where resurrecting and he-didn’t-REALLY-die-ism has gotten us: Alien Resurrection, Alien 4, Terminator 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, etc.

    Storytellers need to learn how act when they end their tales intentionally closed or open ended. If Landis wants to tell us more about David, then he just shouldn’t have killed him in AWIL. Yeah, the werewolf getting shot and then “Blue Moon” playing afterward is supposed to be funny, but I couldn’t help but feel heartbroken and somewhat depressed afterward. If you really care about your characters and their potential, begin your story with the end in mind. If you screw that up, don’t go bending over backward trying to undo your shortsighted mistake.

  • Marcus

    I don’t understand why he’d want to do a remake, rather then doing a sequal, or a new werewolf film completely.

    I mean, it’s not like the film is particularly old or anything either.

    Doing a remake this soon will alienate a lot of the fans. Whereas if he’d do a new werewolf film, than the fans will be excited and interested rather then irritated and doubtful.

    And for all that’s sacred they need to make sure it’s not a pg-13, but a proper horror film.

    Far too many modern horrors are cutting out most of the stuff that makes them “horror” to get the lower classification. It’s just wrong, and if anything hurts the film.

  • Werewolf News Admin

    You’re right, Marcus– it’s not like this is a film from the 1940’s, and I don’t think it needs to be “reimagined” for the 21st century. I just don’t think there’s anything new to say with the story.

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