Considering that John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London is one of the greatest of werewolf movies and probably belongs in a list of the top ten horror comedies as well, I doubt that many were happy when the news broke that John’s son Max was writing and directing a remake. In fact I thought it was a bit of an insult to his dad.
Anyway, in an interview with Collider, John touched on the subject:
“Truthfully, I’ve not seen his script. I advised him not to do it. I think he’s putting himself in a bad position. My son is brilliant, he really is, and he wants to do it. So what am I going to say? No? I know it won’t be as bad as An American Werewolf In Paris, which was shit. So, I don’t know. He’s a great writer. He’s been writing since he was 7. He wrote a whole series of scripts about these characters called Yelp and Dopey, two dumb dogs, when he was under ten. They were so funny”.
So it seems like John has confidence in his son’s writing abilities, but makes no bones about admitting that the thinks the project may not be a good idea, which is refreshingly honest. So why is John still executive producing? The answer:
I get money.”
Fair enough. It’s a werewolf movie so I won’t be able to stop myself going to see it, but does anyone really think that all the CGI in the world will be able to top that incredible transformation scene?