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TWC Finds a Writer for 'American Werewolf in London' Remake

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August 4, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

An American Werewolf in London

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?

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  • daniel f
    I havent seen the original. Will do now.
  • Rashad
    There were vampires and werewolves before Twilight in this decade. Underworld for example.
  • Mark c.
    Stop making werewolf movies. At least make one equivalent to Daybreakers for vampires.
  • deadpool72
    leave this classic horror film alone,even if it is remade it won't beat the transformation scene of the original.
  • almartva
    First of all, shame on you for not having seen American Werewolf in London before last year JK. Second of all, Anyone remembers the remake called An American Werewolf in Paris? You know, the one with the really cheesy cgi? So technically this is the second time it will remade... And yes, this is a horrible idea.
  • MJ
    John Landis and Rick Baker.....created a movie that has yet to be beat. Michael Jackson did Thriller because of this movie, and Hollywood thinks this can be remade. Leave this one alone.
  • Deathtoll 2010
    My problem is this... I am sure there are plenty of original ideas floating around waiting to be picked up by a studio, but Hollywood seems to have got caught in a time warp that sees remake after remake after remake. If someone wanted to remake me after I turned thirty, I would be pretty pissed. Good thing I'm not a film, I might go homicidal on these fools.
  • Marty
    Just a stupid idea to remake this classic. It's actually been on TV here in the UK a few times over recent weeks. I found as enjoyable now, as I did first time round many years ago. People wonder why Hollywood is so crap. This explains why, nothing orginal going on.
  • harm
    Needs to go cry in the corner...
  • Alboone
    Tragic.
  • I have an idea: Why don't they just re-release the original? It's a great film...why remake it?
  • Jericho
    hey cool. im a new century guy so werewolf London was boring to me and werewolf Paris made me laugh so this could be good...oh look at the bright side everyone...they could've had Uwe Bowle.
  • Xerxex
    Nothing will beat the original Warewolf transformation, that was effing painfult to watch!
  • PaulT
    "I didn't mean to call you a meat loaf, Jack!"...... Classic werewolf in paris was not a remake it was a poor sequel ive been too the Slaughtered Lamb in Crickardarn Wales i totally love this film and everything about it , even the soundtrack was spot on David Naughton, Jenny Agutter and Brian Glover played there parts very well , i dont think anyone can replace them .. like whats been said the change too wolf was fantastic .. even with CGI they cant out do that! i will give the remake a watch just to shake my head in disbelief ..

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