Fernley Philips, best known for scripting Jim Carrey’s largely forgettable The Number 23, is in talks to write an American Werewolf In London remake for Dimension Films, part of the Weinstein Co.

If hired, Phillips will be tasked with giving the original, which saw David Naughton’s American tourist get more than he bargained for whilst backpacking, a modern day spin.

Technically a horror comedy, Phillips seems a strange choice. The Number 23 was competent but unremarkable and almost completely devoid of humour – of the intentional variety anyway.

However, with DreamWorks reworking vampire comedy Fright Night and Paramount rebooting Teen Wolf it was only a matter of time before the Weinstein Co., who acquired the film’s rights back in June 2009, put things into motion on ┬átheir own remake.

With the original still standing the test of time, its transformation sequence still considered one of the best, we can only hope that Twilight’s were-Lassie is nowhere to be seen come the film’s eventual release.

It could be worse, it could be Platinum Dunes.

The L.A. Times had it first.