“American Werewolf” Remake Aims To Be Practical

Late last year came word that “Chronicle” writer Max Landis, son of famed filmmaker John Landis, was set to both pen and direct a remake of his father’s iconic classic “An American Werewolf in London”.

Not a peep more has been heard about the project since then, until the younger Landis appeared on The Rugged Man podcast this week and discussed some more details. First up he seems surprisingly demure regarding the chances of the remake moving forward and his ultimate goals with it:

“We’ll see if I can do it. We’ll see if I can pull it off. We’ll see if they even make it. My goal is I feel like all of the best remakes focus on one thing in the original movie, take a lot of the images of the original and then remix that really tightly. With American Werewolf I’m doing that, but I’m also just gonna try and do American Werewolf as best I can. We’ll see. I can’t make no promises.”

One thing he is happy to discuss though is a desire to approach the film from a very practical FX angle and to only apply CG judiciously in certain areas:

“The thing I would do with CGI, were I directing this film, would be leg movement, and I would have the entire wolf’s face, back and body be practical, and then I would fully CGI the legs for organic movements. If you remake American Werewolf and the transformation scene isn’t practical, you have f–ked up.”

Check out the full podcast episode at The Rugged Man. Landis’ next effort is the screenplay for “Bright” from director David Ayer and starring Will Smith. It will premiere on Netflix in December and is the biggest budget original film gamble yet from the streaming company.