It’s official. I don’t know whether to be excited about it or depressed, but it’s been confirmed; it’s for sure happening. I reported on it a few weeks back, when it was just a rumor. Max Landis, son of John Landis, director of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, one of the greatest werewolf pictures ever made, is heading up the remake of that same film. Keeping it in the family, they are! Max is also going to be writing the screenplay, and John will serve as a producer on the film. Is this good news? It would seem to be, if not for that dreaded “R” word. We don’t need a REMAKE of AAWIL. No remake, even one with the pedigree this one will have, with Max at the helm and John overseeing it, can equal the original. SON OF AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, as I’m choosing to title it (And if this title appears elsewhere, just remember that you saw it here first!), simply cannot best its progenitor.
Instead of a remake, why not give us a worthy SEQUEL? We can keep the basic formula; it could be argued that most werewolf movies follow the same formula, anyway. Young male gets bitten by werewolf and is then cursed to become a werewolf himself. It never gets old. We could even have it happen in the same locale where the original happened. Maybe The Slaughtered Lamb pub is still there, still in business, and the same regulars, those who are still with us, can still be sitting on their barstools and scowling at outsiders. Maybe that pentagram is still painted on the wall. Why not?