werewolf, werewolves and lycans

Simon Pegg as the American Werewolf in London?

That’s purely conjecture, but it was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that John Landis, writer and director of the classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, had approached Edgar Wright, co-writer and director of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and asked him to take on the duties of remaking the former film. As Wright tells it: “It was years ago. Way before Max [the son of John Landis, Max Landis is currently attached to the remake as director and also wrote the screenplay] came on board [sic]…There was no script, just the idea of doing it. John [Landis], whom I love, asked me and I said it’s a perfect movie as far as I’m concerned…and I have nothing to add to it.” Good on him for knowing there was nothing there creatively he wanted to do. It would’ve been far too easy for him to have pulled a Rob Zombie/HALLOWEEN 2 deal, agreeing to do it just for the paycheck. (Sorry, Rob. I dig your stuff—some of the time—but you sold out on that one. You know it and we know it.)

So would we have seen Simon Pegg as the titular werewolf? Thinking on it, probably not. Pegg isn’t American. And I’m still not convinced that remaking AAWIL is a good idea, anyway. But casting Simon Pegg in *a* werewolf movie? I’m all ‘bout that. Let’s make it happen!

The Evil Cheezman • November 22, 2018

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