An American Werewolf in London remake still on?
Back in June of 2009 we heard the rumour that An American Werewolf in London was going to be remade, if John Landis let the rights go to the film, soon after we heard that had happened and the remake was going to happen. Then there was silence and we forgot all about it.
Until today that is when a story revealed that a writer is now in talks to begin work on the remake, and from what it sounds like a reboot of a franchise is what's now in store.
John Landis's An American Werewolf in London is a classic film and from that they did try and start a franchise with An American Werewolf in Paris, some sixteen years after the original in 1981, but it didn't do as well as the original did.
Plans seem to be afoot to not only remake An American Werewolf in London but also An American Werewolf in Paris, but for now the news through the L.A. Times is that it's An American Werewolf in London that's going ahead as they say Fernley Phillips is in talks to write the script for the Weinstein's.
Phillips wrote The Number 23 (Filmstalker review), which while it had its flaws and difficulties, it had some strong moments to it.
The problem I see in this is that the article is keen to point out that the film will be a comedy, and talks about the film "sending up" werewolves, and I dread to think what that means for a Hollywood studio film, are we going to be watching a typical Hollywood parody comedy? Where's all the subtlety and dark humour of the original going to be when these remakes hit?
The driving force seems to be that werewolves are high on the agenda of studios right now, they haven't seen their "twilight" yet, and there's even word of Paramount developing a Teen Wolf remake.
I just can't believe though that if they made a remake of An American Werewolf in London that they can get it right and capture the magic if the original, and if the emphasis is on humour it's going to turn out to be blatant, over the top and as subtle as a brick. Can the writer of The Number 23 be the one to get it right?