Universal is looking to reboot one of its cult classics, beginning development on a remake of An American Werewolf in London with Max Landis and The Walking Dead producers Robert Kirkman and David Albert.
Landis, whose father, John Landis, directed the original, will pen the script and direct the pic with Kirkman and Albert producing through their Skybound Entertainment banner.
The 1981 horror-comedy followed two American college students who are attacked by a werewolf while travelling in London. One student is killed in the attack while the other survives, only to realise he has attracted the gene that transforms him into the terrifying creature every full moon.
John Landis and Anthony Waller, who helmed An American Werewolf in Paris, recently closed a deal with Universal for the remake rights. Sources press that this project is still very much in early development.
Max Landis is a writer/producer on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America and his screenplay, Bright, was acquired by Netflix and is currently being filmed by David Ayer. He is repped by CAA and Writ Large.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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What's it about?
On a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Moors, David (David Naughton) and his friend Jack (Griffin Dunne, are attacked my a werewolf. Jack is mauled to death but David survives and is treated in a London hospital for his injuries. But things only get worse as David gradually starts to transform from human into beast.