Landis goes European for Burke and Hare

Article published on Oct. 29, 2010
Article published on Oct. 29, 2010
The name John Landis brings to mind smiles and films like Animal House, Blues Brothers, Into the Night, An American Werewolf in London. All parts of our collective imagination, comedies that brought the world together. 

 Welcome, then, to Landis in Europe. The “American werewolf” returned to London, to hunt down some good scripts.
"I had to go to London and my wife Deborah suggested I visit some production companies because they were shooting interesting independent films there ," said the director.

"It had been a while since I made a film, and the ones the American studios are making these days are not the kind I want to make. I went to about 40 independent production companies in the UK. I met Barnaby Thompson, head of Ealing Studios (Easy Virtue, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest and Valiant, among it’s many hits) who told me about a script he was developing with screenwriters Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, and which he thought I might be interested in. He gave me Burke and Hare."

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