Landis, the writer-producer of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America, will write and direct the remake of John Landis' classic 1981 comedy horror film. reports the revival will be produced by The Walking Dead‘s David Albert and Robert Kirkman through their Skybound Entertainment production company in a first-look deal for Universal Pictures.

The movie's original writer and director, 66-year-old Landis, will take on executive producing roles after locking down a deal with the studio on the rights.

News of the remake, which has taken ten years to come together, comes as the original critically acclaimed film marks its 35th anniversary.

Landis, who directed Michael Jackson's Thriller video after the singer was inspired by the werewolf movie, was also responsible for conceiving the concept for the film which starred David Naughton, British actress Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne.

It followed two American college students on a hiking vacation in England who are attacked by a wolf. While Dunne’s character is killed off early on in the movie, Naughton morphs into a werewolf during the famous transformation scene, set to band Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising - mirrored in Jackson's video.

The low budget film received positive reviews from critics and grossed $30.56 million (£24 million) at the box office, while Rick Baker won the inaugural Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up.

A 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, helmed by Anthony Waller, featured a completely different cast and production team.