The Film Was a Breakthrough for Landis

John Belushi in Animal House. Universal.

“When we were in postproduction, I got the job to supervise the rewrite of Animal House,” Landis said in Surely You Can’t Be Serious. “I got Animal House because of Kentucky Fried Movie.”

Landis was eventually promoted from supervising the writing of Animal House — which was written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller — to directing the film.

Of course, if Landis hadn’t directed the film, someone else would have — but it wouldn’t have been the same. And given Landis’ comedy track record, it likely wouldn’t have been as successful.

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