It appears that ‘The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman was very quietly asked to reboot the 1981 John Landis horror classic ‘An American Werewolf in London’. This tiny tidbit of information was slipped into a Variety article that was mainly about Kirkman’s involvement in the movie ‘Renfield’, based on Dracula’s henchman.
Dimension Films announced plans to reboot ‘An American Werewolf in London’ in 2009. From 2016-17, John Landis’ son Max was set to write and direct the reboot, but after multiple sexual assault and abuse charges, Max Landis has pretty much been blacklisted in Hollywood.
Kirkman made his name as a comic book writer after penning ‘Ultimate X-Men’, ‘The Irredeemable Ant-Man’, and ‘Marvel Zombies’ for Marvel, and creator-owned projects ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Invincible’, ‘Super Dinosaur’, and ‘Outcast’ for Image Comics. ‘The Walking Dead’ was obviously adapted into one of the most successful shows on TV. The main ‘Walking Dead’ show is currently airing its tenth season and has been renewed for an eleventh. It has spawned the spinoff ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ (its sixth season arrives next year) and a third, unnamed spinoff.
‘Outcast’ was also adapted into a TV series that aired for two seasons on Cinemax. ‘Super Dinosaur’ was turned into an all-ages animated series which aired on Teletoon in Canada in 2018 and was released on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and elsewhere in October of this year. ‘Invincible’ is being developed into an adult animated series, which is expected to be released on Amazon in 2020.
It isn’t clear exactly how involved he would be with ‘An American Werewolf in London’ beyond the fact that his company Skybound Entertainment is producing and that he is set to serve as executive producer alongside John Landis and David Alpert.
The original movie was a smash hit in 1981, and Michael Jackson was so impressed that he hired John Landis to make possibly the most famous music video of all time, ‘Thriller’. In 1997, 16 years later, Disney, through its Hollywood Pictures imprint, released ‘An American Werewolf in Paris’, but no one from the original movie was involved.
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