John Landis hasn’t directed a horror film since 1992’s vampire flick Innocent Blood, but the filmmaker recently told website Bloody-Disgusting that he’s ready to return to his genre roots. Read on for the full details.
Landis, who’s doing publicity for his upcoming black comedy Burke & Hare (which hits theaters on September 9th) tells the horror site that he’s currently hard at work on a new (and previously unannounced) monster movie with Alexandre Garvas. The director wouldn’t reveal any specifics about the project, but here’s what he had to say.
When asked if he’d ever return to the horror genre, Landis says “You know what? Actually, I'm writing one with Alexandre Gavras and we're shooting it within the next two years in Paris. Yeah, a little monster movie. It has no title [yet]...You're the first people to know about it."
He went on to add that the film will feature both French and English dialogue – meaning he’s casting actors who are bilingual for the unnamed feature. “It's interesting...my cast has to be bilingual because it's being shot in French and English. We know who's gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now [so I can't tell you who they are]."
And that’s pretty much all the director would reveal about the project – but at the very least, it’s good to know that Landis is thinking about making a return to the genre that helped make him famous. The filmmaker’s 1981 feature, An American Werewolf in London, helped cement his reputation as a “Master of Horror,” a title he officially earned when he directed two installments of the Showtime anthology series of the same name.
Given the nature of Hollywood, it’s hard to say if this project will ever come to fruition – but at the very least, it’s good to know that one of horror’s most likable filmmakers is thinking about coming back to the genre.