Today’s 80s remake: American Werewolf in London
1981’s comedy horror An American Werewolf in London will be the latest 80’s movie to be remade.
According to Bloody-Disgusting.com who broke the story, writer/director John Landis has sold the remake rights to Dimension Films England. Pre-production hasn’t begun but will likely commence later this year, and Landis is believed to have been hired as executive producer.
The original movie starred David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, and Jenny Agutter, and told the story of an American in England who is bitten by a werewolf then eventually turns into one. Made for $10 million, the movie grossed $30 million and became a cult classic. A sequel, an American Werewolf in Paris was made in 1997, although featured none of the original cast.
The remake will allegedly update the movie for a contemporary audience, which usually means 1: teen starlets 2: iPods 3: lots of special effects. Also there will be a reasonable expectation that it will end up shite, but we’ll soon see.