COLLIDER EXCLUSIVE: John Landis for WOLF MAN?
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Written by Matt Goldberg
A trusted inside source has informed us that John Landis, the director of arguably the best werewolf movie ever made, "An American Werewolf in London", is going into Universal today to talk about directing The Wolf Man. Now here, we come to a slight conundrum:
On the one hand, this could be fucking amazing. Landis has a crucial understanding of horror and character and I'm not just talking about "Werewolf in London". I'm also talking about the music video for "Thriller" which was a landmark for music videos and like "London" also playfully integrated horror elements. He also made Michael Jackson look scary before Jackson could just do that on his own.
The problem is that we're now going all the way back into the 80s for his successes. Yes, he's done some "Masters of Horror" episodes recently but when you do "The Stupids" and "Blues Brothers 2000" back-to-back, you've earned your long stint in director jail.
We always want the directors of the classics to reach back and attain their previous greatness, but it's rare. We'll have more for you on this as it develops, but one thing is for certain:
He'd still be a better choice than Brett Ratner.