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Old 08-06-10, 07:04 AM
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An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Fuck. You just know how messed up this genre has become when the first thing mentioned in the article is Taylor Lautner. I don't have the energy to bitch about remakes anymore, but they've got to be pretty close to running out of classic horror films to remake by now. Personally, I can't wait for the inevitable remakes of remakes!

Hopefully this film will be PG-13, have all the special effects and blood done with CGI and be in 3-D! Finally, a love triangle is a must.

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Before Taylor Lautner gave shirtless life to Jacob Black in "Twilight," before Michael J. Fox got all hairy and started taking jump shots in "Teen Wolf," David Naughton was getting lupine in London for John Landis.

The filmmaker's' "An American Werewolf in London" was a hit years ahead of the fashion for grafting the conventions of comedy and romance onto werewolf and vampire pictures; in fact, it some ways it gave rise to the practice.

Maybe it's this nostalgia that's prompting Dimension Films to develop a reboot of "An American Werewolf in London." The Weinstein Co. division bought remake rights to the 1981 classic, which starred Naughton as a U.S. tourist who believes he's being hunted by a werewolf, from Landis in June 2009.

Now the company is in talks with a writer, Fernley Phillips, best known for scripting Jim Carrey's "The Number 23," to give it a modern spin, sources say.


You can imagine fans and executives sparking to the idea of a new "Werewolf." The name alone brings plenty of recognition, and the idea of combining a hugely popular monster genre with comedy has proved creatively fertile in recent years (see "Shaun of the Dead").

Of course, sending up werewolves might seem redundant, what with Lautner already providing plenty of unintentional comedy. And Phillips does raise a bit of a question, as "23" was seen as a rather straightforward suspense thriller (Carrey plays a man who believes a novel is written about him) and "Werewolf" brought the comedy in bushels.

But unlike some of its genre counterparts, Dimension isn't above slyly sending up some of the conventions of horror and monster movies, as it does in the "Scream" franchise. Landis' version riffed at least a little on the 1935 horror flick "Werewolf of London". And if nothing else, a new version will wash out the taste of "An American Werewolf in Paris," the Gallic (and galling) follow-up from 1997.

“Werewolf” isn’t the first '80s genre comedy getting the remake treatment. DreamWorks is remaking the vampire comedy "Fright Night,” Paramount is developing a new "Teen Wolf" and Dimension itself is trying to stay in the game with a new "Scream" film from Wes Craven. Some people out there are thinking of a '"Beetlejuice" remake, aren't they ...

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movi...dimension.html

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/-an...reatment-10746
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

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I don't have the energy to bitch about remakes anymore, but they've got to be pretty close to running out of classic horror films to remake by now. Personally, I can't wait for the inevitable remakes of remakes!

Hopefully this film will be PG-13, have all the special effects and blood done with CGI and be in 3-D! Finally, a love triangle is a must.
Don't sell yourself short.
You've done a fine job of bitching right there!

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my favorite werewolf movie...fuck everyone involved in this. epic fail.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

What I don't understand is why they even have to "remake" these things, especially a simple story like An American Werewolf in London. Just tweak the story a bit (hell, make it two girls backpacking through Italy), add a few new plot points, and refer to the original as an inspiration. Unnecessary.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by riotinmyskull
my favorite werewolf movie...fuck everyone involved in this. epic fail.
right when I saw this thread I just knew this is what I would see. You sir never fail me! And you are 100% correct...
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The original has its charms, but it has downright terrible creature effects. So at least they can improve upon that.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by BJacks
The original has its charms, but it has downright terrible creature effects.
Really? I think the creature effects hold up astonishingly well, personally.
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^ I assume he was being sarcastic. Rick Baker won an Oscar for his work on that movie.

Anyway, the only way I think I could be be a potential advocate of this remake is if Edgar Wright were tapped to direct. He is very vocal about his love for the original and quite talented in his own right.
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Wasn't An American Werewolf in Paris basically a remake?
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Originally Posted by BJacks
The original has its charms, but it has downright terrible creature effects. So at least they can improve upon that.
I smell a:

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This doesn't surprise me in the least, and neither will how much it sucks.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by riotinmyskull
my favorite werewolf movie...fuck everyone involved in this. epic fail.




The original is a fantastic flick... great pacing, great effects, terrific performances, one of the best blends of horror and comedy, Jennifer Agutter , just so many perfect elements... I've loved this movie since I first saw it.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by Joe Camel
Bring it on. It'll become as unforgettable as The Omen remake... the good news is that the remake guarantees a re-release of the original in a better edition plus blu.
it already got a good release and on blu. and i think you meant forgettable.
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Just set it in another European City besides London or Paris. Even if they don't reference the other films, it can be though of as a loose sequel instead of a remake.
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Originally Posted by clappj
Don't sell yourself short.
You've done a fine job of bitching right there!

Eh, that was more sarcasm than straight up bitching.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by Eric D.
Eh, that was more sarcasm than straight up bitching.
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They should make it as "An American Werewolf in London after Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Dead." Raimi can direct it and Eastwood can star as the title werewolf. I'd go see that. It'll be a new trend, mash several remakes in one movie.
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Originally Posted by resinrats
Just set it in another European City besides London or Paris. Even if they don't reference the other films, it can be though of as a loose sequel instead of a remake.
Then it would just be a regular werewolf movie. American Werewolf in London had a very unique feel to it. I can't really put my finger on what made it unique--maybe it was the comedic aspect of it but it sets itself apart from the many other werewolf movies out there. I seriously doubt they'll be able to even come close to replicating the style, tone and feel of the original so my guess is that it'll turn out to just be another crappy werewolf movie.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

I think the Twilight movies have done a good job at making werewolves less appealing. Add that to the fact that True Blood has them as well and there is no need to remake this movie aside from the obvious reasons.
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Whaaaaah! They're remaking one of my favorite films!!! Whaahahhahahah!!!

Does this mean the original will be banned or something? I really don't get all the drama over remakes. I LOVED AAWiL, and this potential remakes doesn't bother me in the least.


..I hope they put a BLACK Rapper as the lead just to rub it in your faces.

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Whaaaaah! They're remaking one of my favorite films!!! Whaahahhahahah!!!

Does this mean the original will be banned or something? I really don't get all the drama over remakes. I LOVED AAWiL, and this potential remakes doesn't bother me in the least.


..I hope they put a BLACK Rapper as the lead just to rub it in your faces.
So hostile.
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Whaaaaah! They're remaking one of my favorite films!!! Whaahahhahahah!!!

Does this mean the original will be banned or something? I really don't get all the drama over remakes. I LOVED AAWiL, and this potential remakes doesn't bother me in the least.


..I hope they put a BLACK Rapper as the lead just to rub it in your faces.
I feel the anguish is due to the simple fact that the majority of remakes are insults to the original. While there *are* a handful of exceptions ("The Fly" and "The Thing" being the most referenced "good" remakes in the SF/Horror dept.) most are of the "Planet of the Apes" re-imagining variety. Pure dreck.

Would you like to see remakes of "Gone with the Wind", "The Maltese Falcon", "Casablanca", "Psycho", "Stagecoach", "Duck Soup", "Star Wars" (Lucas meddling not included), "Dr. Strangelove", "2001: A Space Oddysey", "Alien", or other "classics"?

Didn't think so...

I've often wondered why a classic is not "remade" word for word, scene for scene, using modern technology for the "improvement"... Oh, yeah... then it'd be a "rip off" film with nothing "original" added to the mix. Frankly, I'd rather see that than 95% of the remakes that have been served up.

Basically, "Hollywood" has screwed up remakes more often than not so hearing about *any* remake/reimagining is cause for concern, more so when it's a film you love.

But then... a remake, good *or* bad, can bring out a new audience for the original who may have never seen or heard of the original.

As for me? I'm skeptical simply due to the poor track record of the remakes in this genre that have come before.
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The Weinsteins are also doing remakes of 'Hellraiser' and 'Children of the Corn'.

They've also greenlit another Zombie 'Halloween' movie.

BLACK rappers in 'em all I say...
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Re: An American Werewolf In London is Getting A Remake. Hooray?

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The Weinsteins are also doing remakes of 'Hellraiser' and 'Children of the Corn'.

They've also greenlit another Zombie 'Halloween' movie.

BLACK rappers in 'em all I say...
Are you being serious?? (I'm honestly asking)

As AAWIL.....ugh, one of the few times I wish they didn't, it's one of my fav horror flicks.
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Are you being serious?? (I'm honestly asking)
Yes, I was serious.

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