I know the words “remake” and “An American Werewolf in London” being so close together in a sentence will cause most horror fans to involuntarily gag, but try to bare with me on this one.
In an interview with Collider John Landis opened up his son’s (Max Landis) upcoming remake of his 1981 classic film “An American Werewolf in London.” In a surprising bit of honesty John Landis opened up about how he felt about his son taking on the project. Here’s what he had to say:
Truthfully, I’ve not seen his script. I advised him not to do it. I think he’s putting himself in a bad position. My son is brilliant, he really is, and he wants to do it. So what am I going to say? No? I know it won’t be as bad as An American Werewolf In Paris, which was shit. So, I don’t know. He’s a great writer. He’s been writing since he was 7. He wrote a whole series of scripts about these characters called Yelp and Dopey, two dumb dogs, when he was under ten. They were so funny.
So it seems like John has confidence in his son’s writing abilities, but it’s interesting to see that he was not fully onboard with his son doing a remake and I can understand why. “An American Werewolf in London” is a horror classic, there’s no doubt about it, so a remake attempt will inevitably fail to live up to that status no matter how good it is. It was always live in the shadow of the original. If it’s a good faithful recreation people ask “why recreate it at all?” If it’s different enough to stand on it’s own people will say “Why use the name then?” There really isn’t a scenario in which Max Landis can completely “win.”
So why is John Landis still involved in the project? Well, as he told Collider, “I get money.” The greatest of all motivators.