We’ve known that John Landis has given permission to his son Max Landis to reboot ‘An American Werewolf in London‘ and now we’re hearing how the special effects might be created in the film. The original movie won an Acadamy Award in 1981 for the makeup in the movie by Rick Baker, and it is hard to imagine that even 40 years later it could indeed be topped. Landis already has a plan to tackle this, though, as anyone who has seen the movie will always fondly remember the scene where David Naughton turned into a werewolf.
So what is his plan? A mixture of special effects combining both practical and CGI:
“The thing I would do with CGI, were I directing this film, would be leg movement, and I would have the entire wolf’s face, back, and body be practical, and then I would fully CGI the legs for organic movements. If you remake American Werewolf and the transformation scene isn’t practical, you have fu*ked up.”
This is, of course, if the film even happens. Months have gone by with no update and Landis addresses that as well:
“We’ll see if I can do it. We’ll see if I can pull it off. We’ll see if they even make it. My goal is I feel like all of the best remakes focus on one thing in the original movie, take a lot of the images of the original and then remix that really tightly. With American Werewolf I’m doing that, but I’m also just gonna try and do American Werewolf as best I can. We’ll see. I can’t make no promises.”
While John Landis will serve as an Executive Producer with both Robert Kirkman and David Alpert from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ the movie itself is still in a holding pattern. Fans who would love to see more are probably annoyed, and while I love the talent involved here, I’m not a fan of reboots in general so am wary of getting too excited here.
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