Landis’ son, Max, is slated to write and direct the film. The younger Landis recently made his feature film directorial debut with the romantic comedy, Me Him Her, which he also wrote. Landis has also written several movies including Mr. Right, Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra.
Kirkman will produce the remake with Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert through their production company Skybound Entertainment. News of the remake comes not long after John Landis and filmmaker Anthony Waller – who helmed the 1997 loose sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris – inked a deal with Universal Pictures for the rights to the movie.
An American Werewolf in London starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as David and Jack, two college students whose backpacking trip through Britain goes awry after being attacked by a werewolf. While David survives, Jack’s ghost visits him and informs him that he’s now a werewolf. When David ignores the news, it leads to a killing spree, an awkward morning after in the London Zoo and a grisly end.
The film also boasted a famously ironic soundtrack that included Van Morrison’s “Moondance” alongside renditions of “Blue Moon” by both Bobby Vinton and Sam Cooke and the Marcels. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” was used in the moments before David’s iconic transformation. One notable absence from the soundtrack: Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”