Responding in August to a question on Twitter Landis Jr. said the following:
“Since I get the question all the time: There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.”
This followed some mysterious Twitter talk about a new script he was working on with the codename ‘Moors’. The 1981 classic began with David Naughton and Griffin Dunne being attacked on the Yorkshire Moors, with terrifying, if hilarious, consequences. Putting together the clues, in this instance, was a fairly safe bet.
The film will be exec-produced by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, ensuring a solid horror foundation. Max Landis is perhaps best placed to helm the remake, if a remake should indeed be in our future, as he can not only put out a cracking script but the family factor will ensure that some of the original’s bloodline should survive.
The father and son team have worked together previously. John Landis directed a script he and his son wrote called Deer Woman, as part of the much missed Master of Horror anthology series which aired in the US (some of which are essential viewing).
How strictly it holds to the original is yet to be seen, however the dire 1997 sequel set in Paris was a masterclass in how to totally miss the point of what made the original film so good. If you haven’t seen it, don’t. Spend an hour and a half screaming into a bucket instead.
So, with another horror classic on the remake block – what do you think?