TWC Finds a Writer for 'American Werewolf in London' Remake
I don't get it. Universal's The Wolfman flopped hard to barely earn $62 million this year, and just because Taylor Lautner is "hot" right now doesn't mean werewolves are the in thing. Yet, Hollywood keeps it coming, and they keep making these damn movies just because Twilight is the in thing and remakes are the safe way (really?) to earn some cash from making movies. It was officially confirmed last summer that The Weinstein Company (aka TWC) had acquired the remake rights and was developing a remake to John Landis' seminal horror-comedy classic An American Werewolf in London, but that's about all we knew about it then.
Today's update, to make things even worse, comes from 24 Frames and is another one of those sketchy "it's not really news yet, but it almost is" kind of stories. They say that Dimension Films, the production arm of TWC, is "in talks" with writer Fernley Phillips (of only The Number 23 previously) to write the remake's script. They also add that he'll give it a "modern spin." Bloody-Disgusting also adds that "our own sources tell us that Bob and Harvey Weinstein are really looking to depart from John Landis' 1981 horror comedy." Ugh, I'm already sick of hearing this. Why, why, why? That's all I can think about. The original is perfect!
When I first wrote about this remake last year, I admittedly hadn't seen An American Werewolf in London, but that was a problem I needed to fix so I fired up the Blu-Ray just a few months later. I'm now proud to say that Landis' horror-comedy classic is actually one of my favorite horror movies of all-time, it really was perfect, totally enjoyable from start to finish, and damn did it look good on Blu-Ray (get it you haven't yet!). I'm sure they can sucker a few people in to see this when it comes out, but really, I'm not expecting anything good and I'm frustrated that this "modern" remake is even being considered. Can we even hope for the best?