american werewolf in london remake

A key component of being a movie fan in the year 2016 is learning to shrug off remakes of your favorite movies and learn to live with the fact that bonafide classics are always going to get dusted off by studios hoping to capitalize on a familiar title. Remakes are going to happen. History has shown most of ’em to stink. Their presence has never erased the original from existence. The scales balance.

And yet, there’s something undeniably irritating about someone remaking An American Werewolf in London, one of the greatest horror movies of all time and the crown jewel of writer/director John Landis‘ career. It’s a near-perfect movie that just-so-happens to have a famous title. This was inevitable. The big twist here is that Max Landis, John Landis’ son, has jumped on board the remake as a writer and director.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Trailer

Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.

Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »

Space Mountain movies

In January 2012, Variety reported that screenwriter Max Landis had sold a pitch to Walt Disney Pictures for an “untitled space adventure” pitch with the potential to be a film franchise that could “benefit all of the company’s divisions.” A few months later it was reported that screenwriter Max Borenstein was hired by the mouse house to write his own “space-set sci-fi adventure” called Paladin for Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer.

But as it turns out, the two projects were actually Space Mountain feature films that Disney was developing in secret. Find out what Max Landis’ Space Mountain movie would have been and learn why both projects didn’t happen.
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Pokemon Movie

Pokemon Go continues to be all the rage in video gaming right now. The recently launched mobile version of the Nintendo video game franchise has become so popular in such a short amount of time that Comic-Con moved a panel for Pokemon Go from a smaller venue to the massive Hall H. And it sounds like sometime down the road Pokemon will be back at Comic-Con with a movie to show off with the movie rights officially being snagged by Legendary Pictures.

In addition, details on just what kind of story we can expect from the game have surfaced, and the movie will apparently go in a direction that likely no fan was expecting to hear. Find out more about the Pokemon movie after the jump. Read More »

Max Landis Ghostbusters 3

Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters reboot and to tell the story of how he once pitched a Ghostbusters movie to Sony. Hit the jump to read the story and find out how you can see the pitch for yourself.

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David Ayer discusses Bright

Netflix recently came out on top following a bidding war for Bright. The streaming service will fund and release director David Ayer‘s fantasy cop thriller, which stars Joel Edgerton and Will Smith. Written by Max Landis (American Ultra), Bright is set in a world in which orcs and fairies exist along humans.

Below, David Ayer discusses Bright, the room for creative freedom at Netflix, and what to expect from the film.

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David Ayer directing Fury

Netflix is still relatively new to film distribution, but they’re already making a lot of noise. After scooping up what feels like half of this year’s Sundance lineup, the company has set its sights on David Ayer‘s Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Described as a mash-up of Alien Nation and Ayer’s own End of Watch, the cop thriller unfolds in a world where orcs(!) and fairies(!!) live alongside humans. The project is expected to be Netflix’s biggest movie deal yet.  Read More »

Me Him Her

You’re probably already familiar with the work of Max Landis, the writer behind such films as ChronicleAmerican Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein. But now, prepare to meet Max Landis, the director. Landis makes his feature directing debut with Me Him Her, an indie comedy about a guy (Dustin Milligan) who arrives in L.A. to help out a closeted TV star buddy (Luke Bracey). The men get tangled up with a lesbian (Emily Meade), who’s reeling from a recent breakup.

The very first Me Him Her trailer debuted a few months ago, but Landis apparently wasn’t pleased with how “generic” it felt. So Landis has overseen a new cut of the Me Him Her trailer that really lets its freak flag fly. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Pena;Jon Bernthal

The DC Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot bigger. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters this month, but later this summer, we’ll see David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Following the second trailer, the buzz for Ayer’s comic book adaptation has been strong. Warner Bros. is already planning to get a Suicide Squad 2 up and running soon, but before that, Ayer will direct Bright with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton starring.

Learn more about the fantasy project below.

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Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

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In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at:

  • Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story.
  • Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2.
  • Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2.
  • Shaun the Sheep 2 in development.
  • Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5.
  • Eli Roth has an idea for Hostel: Part IV.
  • Two new attraction posters for Jurassic World.
  • A new tv trailer for Ride Along 2.

All this and more. Hit the jump to get started.

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