Creativity in Hollywood is dead, but we all knew that didn’t we. Everything is either a sequel or a remake, with more often being the latter. Amazingly there are lots of movies out that are remakes that I sometimes didn’t even know was a remake. That’s not to say I’m against all remakes, sometimes a movie can be improved upon or redone in a way to make it relevant to a new audience. Today comes the news that “An American Werewolf in London” is going to be remade.

John Landis spoke on the matter to BloodyDisgusting:

“Yes, Dimension is now in negotiation for the ‘An American Werewolf in London’ remake rights. Perhaps someone will make a brilliant movie out of it, regardless, my film comes out on Blu-ray this summer and looks amazing. I was afraid the digital cleaning of the negative would result in too clear a picture and hurt Rick Baker’s make-up, when in fact the incredibly crisp detail actually makes Rick stuff look even better!”

Apparently Dimension films and the Weinstein brothers will take a crack at this at some point down the road. While I think the original film is a tad dated, it’s not really up for remake material. I consider it one of the real modern classic horror movies. The film isn’t exactly a traditional werewolf story, but it more or less could be. There isn’t anything there that couldn’t be replicated while being original. You could write your own werewolf story and not have it be a “remake”… Which ultimately will probably be what this film is. American Werewolf in London in name only, which will probably benefit fans of the old film.

They made a sequel some years later that wasn’t a terrible film but was a complete comedy. I never really understood that as I know there are some dark comedy elements to the original, but it’s hardly a movie that you laugh at. I remember seeing An American Werewolf in Paris and laughing right off. Intentional laughs mind you, not ones based off the crapiness of the movie.

As long as the new movie features Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London song I approve. Want to talk about bad remakes? Kid Rock’s recent riff of that song. Everytime I heard that familiar piano tune on the radio I’d crank it about to jam out to some Zevon, only to realize it was that Kid Rock disasterpiece.

I guess werewolves will be the next big thing. Benicio Del Toro’s Wolfman remake looks to be incredible from what little I’ve seen, so maybe this will follow in those footsteps and be a truly good remake. Expect to hear about a Howling remake any day I’m sure.

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3 Responses to An American Werewolf in London Remake

  • Anonymous says:

    Strange that you posted this – I just heard about this on the radio this morning on my way to work.

    My favorite new/old movie = Last House on the Left. Awesome music!

    – Beth

  • djkoz78 says:

    I don’t particularly like remakes. A few have been alright but very few. The only one I can think offers the top of my head that I sort of liked was Dawn of the Dead. If the do in fact remake this then please very little CRAPPY CGI get Rick Baker & Rob Bottin working on this together and keep everything with add much practical effects as possible.

  • djkoz78 says:

    It must be Rate R Not For Children if you’re going to do a remake then do it right. The first want for kids the shitty sequel tried to be funny and it was absolutely terrible the CGI terrible! I hate when movie studios try to full their pockets by forfeiting an actual quality film. If you actually spend the money to make it a good film then people will watch it bc it’s a good film. Not to make it so the most people can seeit being shitty or not so they can get more money. Literally how much money do you think these companies already have? I’m guessing billions of dollars. Movies are bringing inn record sales across the world even if they are terrible. I would prefer a smaller independent focus on great actors that can act but doesn’t need to be a huge star that requires a HUGE paycheck. Then focus the money on great writing and incredible effects not SYFY quality CGI. Like Sharknado.. (worst movie EVER!) Do as much of the effects like they did with the werewolves in Underworld. Then when action scenes are required where you can’t do in a full body latex animatronic werewolf suit then use Good CGI. Oh and last thing there’s nothing worse imo than a werewolf movie is just a bunch of normal wolves. Nothing is scary or frightening than a man or woman shifting into a everyday wolf. Even if it’s a large wolf it’s still LAME.

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