Confirmed: An American Werewolf In London Being Remade!
by Alex Billington
June 28, 2009
Another day, another remake. Here we go again. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Dimension Films has picked up the remake rights to An American Werewolf in London from writer/director John Landis himself. Even if you haven't seen An American Werewolf in London, you probably already know that it is a classic monster movie that not many other werewolf movies have ever come close to living up to. But with the success of Twilight (which will have werewolves starting with New Moon) and Sony's Underworld franchise, it looks like The Weinstein Company might want their own big, bad, scary werewolf movie, too.
This news isn't official, as Bloody Disgusting is only saying that one of their "regular tipsters" informed them that the rights had ended up at Dimension Films, so take this as a rumor for now. We know that The Weinstein Company is hurting, but are they really so desperate that they need to remake a classic like this? As stated by a commenter on BD: "Why remake a film like that. Do something like The Howling, where it can actually be improved upon. Werewolf in London is damn near perfect." I couldn't agree more. But let's not focus on the bad, let's focus on the good - An American Werewolf in London was a fantastic movie.
Update: Following their original scoop on Sunday, Bloody Disgusting contacted John Landis to try and get confirmation. "Brad - 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," Landis told them. So there you have it, it's confirmed and is definitely happening. Additionally, both Variety and THR reported the news on Monday afternoon, making it all the more official. Producers Sean and Bryan Furst, who most recently made the vampire movie Daybreakers for Lionsgate, are developing this project for The Weinstein Company.