I don’t know how much bile this will work up among our readers here, but word is out that The Weinstein Bros. have, according to Bloody Disgusting, haggled away the remake rights to An American Werewolf in London remake from John Landis. My memory of the movie — which was one of the best horror movies of the 80s — is fuzzy, but for the miraculous (especially for the time) werewolf transformation, which I believe Rick Baker was responsible for, who was the make-up and effects man who, along with Tom Savini, basically kept Fangoria in business. I must have watched the transformation on an old VHS at least 100 times.
Of course, the movie hasn’t done a lot of favors for writer/director John Landis; the last time I saw his name was as director of an episode of “Psych.” If you exclude Blues Brothers 2000 (and you should), he hasn’t had a legitimate feature film since 1994’s Beverly Hills Cop, so it’s really no wonder that he finally let go of the rights. But then, does anyone even remember the stars of Werewolf in London? I had to look it up, and Griffin Dunne is the only name I remember. Clearly, Rick Baker was the real star of that movie.
But, as I suggested a few weeks ago, now that vampire movies are making yet another comeback, it was only a matter of time before werewolves (a central focus of the next Twilight film) would do the same, first with a Teen Wolf remake and, now, perhaps the most iconic of all werewolf movies. I have no doubt that the Weinsteins will screw it up.
Here’s a trailer to refresh your memory: