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John Landis reveals his original plan for An American Werewolf in London sequel

John Landis may think that it’s a mistake for his son Max Landis to try and remake An American Werewolf in London, but the filmmaker has revealed that he originally planned a sequel to his 1981 cult horror-comedy, although his idea was ultimately rejected by the studio.

“I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991,” said Landis (via Digital Spy). “The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf. They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn. He called me and said that they were interested in making a sequel. I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came up with something that I liked and wrote a first draft of the script.”

“The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie,
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John Landis Wrote an Amazing Script For An American Werewolf In London Sequel and the World is Suffering Without it

There are very few horror movies in the world that I love more than An American Werewolf in London. It is funny and gory. I always wondered why director John Landis didn’t do a sequel. Yes, yes, yes, I know there is An American Werewolf in Paris, but I am just going to ignore that that piece of crap even exists.

Anyway, thanks to DigitalSpy, in an upcoming book called: Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London by Paul Davis, John Landis explains that he had a sequel script written but it was never done. Here is what he had to say:

"I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991. The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf.They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn.
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John Landis’ American Werewolf in London Sequel revealed

David Crow Nov 23, 2017

John Landis revealed his original plans for the An American Werewolf in London sequel, which included the entire original cast coming back.

An American Werewolf in London is one the seminal horror movies of the 1980s, if not all-time. The only lycanthrope film that’s able to stand shoulder to shoulder with The Wolf Man, this 1981 macabre masterwork married 80s sarcasm with Gothic thrills. It is also a movie that writer-director John Landis penned as a teenager about a decade before its release - and obviously had nothing to do with its belated 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris.

Still, it’s widely known that Landis pitched a version of the An American Werewolf in London sequel that was never used, and now he is opening up on what exactly that movie would have looked like. Speaking with author Paul Davis for his new book, Beware the
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We Almost Had an ‘American Werewolf In London’ Sequel From John Landis

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We Almost Had an ‘American Werewolf In London’ Sequel From John Landis
An American Werewolf in London, one of the best horror-comedies ever made, was cursed with an abysmal sequel in 1997 with An American Werewolf in Paris. Original American Werewolf director John Landis wasn’t involved with that follow-up, but the filmmaker has recently revealed he originally scripted his own sequel to his 1981 classic. In a new interview, […]

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John Landis' Canceled American Werewolf in London Sequel Sounds Amazing

John Landis' Canceled American Werewolf in London Sequel Sounds Amazing
An American Werewolf in London, one of the greatest horror movies ever made, never got the sequel it deserved. Director John Landis did have a pitch for one though, as revealed in the forthcoming book Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf In London. Now, the pitch for the sequel has been revealed, and it sounds pretty amazing. Here's what the sequel would have been about and how it almost came to be, according to John Landis.

"I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991. The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf. They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn. He called me and said that they were interested in making a sequel. I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came
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John Landis Reveals His Secret Pitch For A Sequel To An American Werewolf In London

Had things panned out differently, An American Werewolf in London would’ve spawned a sequel.

And we’re not talking about An American Werewolf in Paris-type situation, but a true follow-up from writer-director John Landis, who was initially approached by PolyGram back in ’91 about the possibility of revisiting his horror gem.

As revealed in the newly-published Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf In London by Paul Davis (with a tip of the hat to Digital Spy), Landis’ super-secret pitch focused on a relatively minor character from the first film: Debbie Klein.

The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David. The conceit was that during the time in the
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Max Landis Hopes To Court Original Stars Back For American Werewolf In London Remake

Though there’s no official guarantee that his proposed remake will see the light of day, filmmaker Max Landis continues to field questions on his rendition of An American Werewolf in London.

Almost a year has passed since Landis took on the somewhat daunting task of modernizing a cult classic, and we understand he’s already drawn up the foundations of a screenplay. Beyond that, little is known about the mooted redo, though the writer did provide a brief status report while appearing at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

Perhaps in an effort to honor the spirit of the original, Max Landis revealed his ambitions to court many of the stars back for cameos, including Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter. In fact, if the outspoken writer and director had his way, he’d bring back the entire cast from John Landis’ 1981 horror flick.

Griffin Dunne… what about Jenny Agutter?
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Even John Landis Doesn't Want His Son to Remake An American Werewolf In London

When I first heard that Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein) was going to write and direct a remake of his dad's (John Landis) film An American Werewolf in London, I couldn't help but laugh. First off it's crazy that anyone would want to remake that classic horror film and secondly, he's just opening himself to a whole world of movie fan hate. I don't know, maybe he likes the hate!?

I just don't think there's any way in hell the remake will improve on his dad's work, and in my opinion, there's no point of a remake unless a film can be improved on. That's hardly ever the case.

In case you're wondering how Landis' dad feels about the remake, he's not too thrilled. He apparently even told his son not to do it! During a recent interview with Collider, John Landis said:

“I advised him not to do it.
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Even John Landis Doesn’t Want His Son to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’

Even John Landis Doesn’t Want His Son to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’
An American Werewolf in London is a horror classic that hit a chord with audiences that couldn’t be struck twice. It spawned the abysmally received An American Werewolf in Paris nearly 16 years later, and it seemed like the franchise was dead in the ground. But in the age of remakes and cinematic universes, it was inevitable that […]

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Not Even John Landis Wants His Son Max Landis to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’

Not Even John Landis Wants His Son Max Landis to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’
The last time somebody tried to mess with John Landis’ landmark 1981 horror movie “An American Werewolf in London,” audiences got the abysmal spiritual sequel “An American Werewolf in Paris.” The less said about that 1997 movie the better, but it did prove just how impossible it is to capture the revolutionary magic of Landis’ original.

Somebody should probably tell that to John’s son, Max Landis. The outspoken young Landis announced last fall he is planning on writing and directing a new remake of his father’s “An American Werewolf in London,” which sounds kind of cute until you realize just how perfect the original is and just how unqualified Max Landis is to be doing anything remotely related to his legendary father. John may be his son’s biggest supporter, but he also realizes a “An American Werewolf in London” remake is a bad idea.

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Horror Highlights: 5 Nights Of Fear on Shout! Factory TV, Creepy Co. Pin, Horror Movie Night Podcast’s Fundraiser to Fight Als, Jasmine

Rabid, and Clive Barker's Nightbreed are just a couple of films in the lineup for Shout! Factory TV's 5 Nights of Fear. Prepare thyself. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new Beistle Cat special edition pin from Creepy Co., details on Horror Movie Night podcast's fundraiser to raise money for FamilyStrong4ALS, and Jasmine release details.

Shout! Factory TV's Five Nights of Fear Details: Press Release: "Scream Factory™ is celebrating five years of fear with the special screening event 5 Nights of Fear airing on Shout! Factory TV. In celebration of the now-iconic horror brand’s fifth anniversary, Scream Factory will present nightly screenings of cult favorite films Nightbreed, Bad Moon, The Exorcist III, Hellhole, and Rabid. 5 Nights of Fear will air from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 each evening at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt at http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/, and on Pluto TV Channel 512.

On Monday, the terrifying celebration
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Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci to Be Honored at Vail Film Festival (Exclusive)

Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci to Be Honored at Vail Film Festival (Exclusive)
The Vail Film Festival has announced that it will celebrate women filmmakers, honoring Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci and opening with Susan Johnson’s coming-of-age story “Carrie Pilby,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The 14th annual festival will run from March 30 to April 2, closing with Amanda Sharp’s family drama “Sticky Notes,” which stars Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta.

Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award in recognition of her having directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films. She wrote and starred in the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke, and received Oscar nominations for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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American Werewolf Remake Moves Forward with Director Max Landis

American Werewolf Remake Moves Forward with Director Max Landis
Hollywood is about to remake another classic, but this time they are keeping it in the family. According to a new report, prolific screenwriter Max Landis is set to write and direct a remake of the classic horror/comedy An American Werewolf In London. His father John Landis wrote and directed the original and this time, he will serve as an executive producer.

The news comes courtesy of Deadline who claim that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is also set to produce the movie through his Skybound Entertainment production company for Universal. Max Landis did indirectly address the report on Twitter shortly after the news broke, saying that he couldn't add any further details on the project, but also that the story had "multiple factual errors" in it. It isn't clear if he was talking about this Deadline report for sure, but here is what he had to say.
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'Walking Dead' Creator Plots 'American Werewolf in London' Remake

'Walking Dead' Creator Plots 'American Werewolf in London' Remake
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will co-produce a remake of John Landis' 1981 horror comedy, An American Werewolf in London, Deadline reports.

Landis' son, Max, is slated to write and direct the film. The younger Landis recently made his feature film directorial debut with the romantic comedy, Me Him Her, which he also wrote. Landis has also written several movies including Mr. Right, Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra.

Kirkman will produce the remake with Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert through their production company Skybound Entertainment. News of the
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An American Werewolf In London: Max Landis is Remaking His Dad's Cult Classic

Deadline has just dropped a huge bomb on fans of John Landis' cult classic An American Werewolf in London. He is passing on the remake rights to his son, Max, his 'hair' apparent if you will. Landis the Younger will rewrite the remake and direct according to the report.  The film is being produced by The Walking Dead's David Alpert and Robert Kirkman. John Landis had secured the rights for his 1981 horror comedy with An American Werewolf in Paris filmmaker, Anthony Waller. John Landis will executive produce his son's film.  The original film, loved by genre fans around the world, (Landis was just at the Morbido Film Festival to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this film and his career) told the story of two...

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‘American Werewolf in London’ Remake in the Works With Max Landis and ‘Walking Dead’ Producers

‘American Werewolf in London’ Remake in the Works With Max Landis and ‘Walking Dead’ Producers
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 Alpert producing through their Skybound Entertainment banner.

The 1981 horror-comedy followed two American college students who are attacked by a werewolf while traveling in London. One student is killed in the attack while the other survives, only to realize 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
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‘An American Werewolf In London’ Remake On Way With Max Landis & ‘The Walking Dead’ Producers At Universal

‘An American Werewolf In London’ Remake On Way With Max Landis & ‘The Walking Dead’ Producers At Universal
Exclusive: An American Werewolf in London is officially getting a remake with The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman producing through their Skybound Entertainment for Universal Pictures. Filmmaker John Landis’ classic 1981 comedic horror film will be written by his son Max Landis, who also is attached to direct. The news comes after the elder Landis and filmmaker Anthony Waller (An American Werewolf in Paris) sealed a deal with the studio on the rights. The…
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American Werewolf in London Remake Happening with Original Director's Son?

American Werewolf in London Remake Happening with Original Director's Son?
Is infamous writer/director Max Landis about to remake one of his dad's all-time classics? That's what the prodigal son is teasing on Twitter. John Landis wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London way back in 1981, and it succeeded as one of the first horror comedies of that era. Now, it sounds like the movie might get resurrected. But it will be staying in the family.

An American Werewolf in London is considered one of the best werewolf movies of all-time, and even won Rick Baker a Best Make-Up Oscar. It should come as no surprise that in our current cinematic state of affairs that someone would eventually set out to remake or reboot the franchise. What makes this one a bit more interesting than the typical remake is that the script is coming from the original director's son.

Max Landis has a pretty solid resume, delivering the screenplay for the critically praised Chronicle.
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Comic-Con 2016: Z Nation Prequel Comic Book Series Announced by Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment has announced Z Nation: Black Summer, a prequel comic book series to the events that unfolded throughout Z Nation’s two seasons, written by series co-creator Craig Engler and Fred Van Lente. Set in the second year of the zombie apocalypse, the comic series will be released in early 2017:

Press Release: July 18, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: As the world gears up for Season Three of the fan-favorite SyFy series Z Nation, Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces an all-new canonical comic series, entitled Z Nation: Black Summer, co-written by series co-creator Craig Engler and Fred Van Lente (The Mocking Dead, Big Trouble in Little China)! Set one year prior to the events depicted in the television series, the Black Summer storyline will reveal previously untold tales from the post-apocalyptic wasteland, events that shaped the characters that fans know and love.

ZNation: Black Summer is set in Year Two of the Zpocalypse,
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Silver Scream Fest: American Werewolf Reunion

Silver Scream Fest: American Werewolf Reunion
It’s been 35 years since a certain werewolf terrorized London, and to celebrate that anniversary, we gathered director John Landis, special effects guru Rick Baker, and actor David Naughton to discuss the production of An American Werewolf In London with Maniac Cop’s William Lustig moderating.

Screening the film for old fans and newbies gave the panel a rush of energy, and the three men laughed heartily at the remembrances. Landis recalled that he had been working on a film called Kelly’S Heroes when he saw some gypsies burying a man covered in rosaries and garlic and incense — and they were burying him feet first! — all to keep the corpse from coming back from the dead. He found it fascinating, and wondered how these superstitions could be so strong two months after we’d gone to the moon.

So he wrote the script for over a decade before the film finally went into production.
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