'Werewolf' redo in works

Dimension remaking John Landis' 1981 horror-comedy

Dimension Films has set its sights on remaking John Landis' 1981 cult classic horror "An American Werewolf in London."

Dimension has picked up the rights from Landis in what was described as a competitive environment.

Overture execs-turned-producers Sean and Bryan Furst are on board to produce.

Landis wrote and directed the comedy-horror film, which starred David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as two American backpackers hiking in the Yorkshire moors attacked by a mysterious animal who turns out to be a werewolf. Naughton ends up terrorizing London while Dunne is a reanimated corpse suggesting ways for Naughton to kill himself and stop the curse.

No writer or director is on board but Dimension and the producers hope to make an elevated genre picture that will keep the fun comedy elements of the original as it seeks to be relevant to contemporary audiences.

Landis, repped by Gersh, will act as an exec producer and possibly consult.

Bloody-Disgusting.com initially broke the news of the remake.

The remake falls in line with Dimension's penchant for picking up horror titles with hopes of relaunching money-making franchises. The company is releasing "Halloween II" at the end of August and is developing a remake of "Hellraiser."

The Fursts, who count "The Cooler" and "The Matador" among their credits, are developing a remake of the Icelandic thriller "Jar City," which they hope to have before cameras by year's end.