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06.30.09 15 Comments

As first broken by Bloody-Disgusting, Dimension films has bought the rights to John Landis’ 1981 classic, An American Werewolf in London. (Landis also directed Animal House, Three Amigos, and Coming to America, among other things).

Landis wrote and directed the comedy-horror film, which starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two American backpackers hiking in the Yorkshire moors attacked by a mysterious animal who turns out to be a werewolf. Naughton ends up terrorizing London while Dunne is a reanimated corpse suggesting ways for Naughton to kill himself and stop the curse.  No writer or director is on board but Dimension and the producers hope to make an elevated genre picture that will keep the fun comedy elements of the original as it seeks to be relevant to contemporary audiences [that’s business jargon for “we hope it’s good” -Ed.]. [THR]

Okay, nerds, set phasers to “incredulous,” because I’ve never seen the original.  (*hold for angry shouts of derision*).   So if nothing else, this is a good reminder to add it to the Netflix queue.  As for the remake, I’m crossing my fingers that it involves Zac Efron, Parkour, and Linkin Park.  Wait, Linkin Parkour? I just had a totally xtreme idea…

(I realize this song’s only tangentially related, but I think you’ll agree that it is pretty rockin’. Makes me wanna drink whiskey in the sunshine.)

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