35 years later, Max Landis is set to remake his father’s comedy-horror classic, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON for Universal Pictures. The Walking Dead’s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman are set to produce with their Skybound Entertainment banner, which has a first-look deal with the studio. The younger Landis will write and direct.
In 1981, John Landis released the film, which eventually went on to become a cult classic. It followed two American men backpacking in England, one of whom is killed early on by a werewolf while the other is taken to a hospital for his injuries and begins to transform into a werewolf himself. It starred David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne, and won an Oscar for Best Makeup.
While this remake won’t be part of Universal’s planned shared monster universe as it’s not part of their classic canon, it does fit the mold of the studio remaking their various monster films.
Landis is the creator and writer behind the current TV series Channel Zero on Syfy and Dirk Gentle’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America. He’s a credited writer for the upcoming Power Rangers film and his next original film, Bright, is currently in production at Netflix. He’s repped by CAA and Writ Large.
Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead graphic novel, which has produced two hit AMC series, and he’s an executive producer on the upcoming AMC series Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books. He’s repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion.
Alpert has frequently worked with both Kirkman and Landis, producing The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outcast with Kirkman, and also producing American Ultra and Dirk Gently with Landis. He’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.