Max Landis will be writing and directing a remake of his father's 1981 horror-comedy hit An American Werewolf in London. One word in particular springs to mind about this news: nepotism.
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Nepotism is such a dirty word in Hollywood. It's often attributed to helping talentless actors blossom into success, while those from not-so-famous families are overlooked during castings. When people think nepotism, their minds no doubt switch Tori Spelling's awful post-90210 acting choices. Or Miley Cyrus' twerking incident with Robin Thicke. Or Jaden Smith's most recent vague Tweet.
But the thing is, nepotism doesn't have to be a bad thing. Surely being raised by a successful director would teach you a thing or two about making films. In fact, did you know that some of your favourite films and TV shows are the product of filmmakers with successful director parents?
'Lost In Translation'— Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola's father is the great director Francis Ford Coppola, the mastermind behind The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. She's been facing accusations of nepotism since childhood, and ended her underwhelming acting career in her twenties. Despite this, she found her calling in filmmaking. Many of her own films are critically acclaimed, and Lost in Translation even won an Academy Award.
'Freaks And Geeks'— Jake Kasdan
Despite its stellar ratings, Freaks and Geeks was cancelled before the season had even finished airing. This cult classic may have ended all too soon, but it has forever cemented itself in our nostalgic hearts. Director Jake Kasdan is the son of Lawrence Kasdan. Lawrence has directed several notable films, but is most well known for his work with Star Wars— he was a writer on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens. He is also writing the upcoming Han Solo anthology film.
'Juno'— Jason Reitman
The teen pregnancy tale that made us all fall in love with Ellen Page, Juno was the first film to break the $100 million mark at the box office for Fox Searchlight. While it did get the blame for an alleged escalation in teen pregnancy statistics, it also set a trend for quirky indie comedies that dealt with young adult issues in an honest and humorous manner. Jason Reitman's father, Ivan Reitman, is a seasoned comedy pro, directing the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.
'Blow'— Ted Demme
Ted Demme had his not-so-humble beginnings as a production assistant at MTV, most likely thanks to an introduction through his uncle— Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme. He was the producer for Blow, a controversial film about the life of one of America's biggest cocaine smugglers, George Jung. The film is controversial due to its alleged glorification of Jung and his life of crime, and has received mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it is a fan favourite of many Depp fans, and Penelope Cruz is absolutely classic in her role as a coked-up Mirtha Jung.
'A Beautiful Mind'— Ron Howard
You'll no doubt have realised by now that Jurassic World star Dallas Bryce Howard is Ron Howard's daughter. But did you know that Ron Howard was also introduced to the glamorous world of showbiz through his actor parents, Rance and Jean Speegle Howard? After his TV acting career began to pitter out with the conclusion of Happy Days, Ron rebranded himself as a director and producer. A Beautiful Mind tells the story of a mathematical genius struggling with his declining mental health, and was commended for its frank portrayal of mental illness.
'Roots'— Mario Van Peebles
When the History channel commissioned a remake of the original 1977 series, they knew Max Van Peebles was the right guy for the job. His father Melvin Van Peebles was a pioneer in African-American focused cinema. Mario's past directorial accomplishments include a variety of hit shows, the most notable being 21 Jump Street. Mario did an amazing job with Roots, which holds a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
'Drive'— Nicolas Winding Refn
Is it just me, or does it kind of make sense that Drive was directed by a Danish guy? Drive was one of the best films of 2011, earning a spot on many critics' top ten lists with its unique cinematography and bold style. Nicolas' father Anders Refn is an editor and director who has worked closely with Lars Von Trier on a number of his films.
The Case For Max Landis
Judging from his resumé, Max Landis isn't some privileged brat devoid of work ethic. He's actually got an impressive amount of accomplishments under his belt, including 75 screenplays and a DC Comics miniseries. Not to mention he's going to be working alongside both his dad John Landis and The Walking Dead producers Robert Kirkman and David Alpert. If anyone's going to do a decent job of rebooting An American Werewolf in London, it'll probably be the guy who learned everything he knows about filmmaking from the original director.
However, I'm not quite sure he can be forgiven for this Minion costume:
What do you think about Max Landis rebooting An American Werewolf in London?