''See you next Wednesday.''

John David Landis (born 3 August 1950) is an American filmmaker and producer, known for having directed some of the most beloved comedies of the late '70s and early '80s, including ''Film/AnimalHouse'', ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', ''Film/TradingPlaces'', ''Film/ComingToAmerica''[[note]]These last two are implied to take place in a SharedUniverse.[[/note]] and ''Film/ThreeAmigos'', as well as the horror classic ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' and Music/MichaelJackson's groundbreaking music video for "Music/{{Thriller}}." He also developed and produced ''Film/{{Clue}}'', the AllStarCast mystery/comedy based on [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} the popular board game]].

[[NeverLiveItDown More controversially]], Landis is known for his reckless direction when filming his segment for ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', which killed Vic Morrow and two (illegally employed) child actors. Filming late at night and violating child labor laws, he ignored the helicopter pilot's warning against flying low to the ground and close to pyrotechnics, resulting in the helicopter crashing and the three actors getting mutilated in the process. Landis plead guilty to the illegal child labor, but not manslaughter, of which he was acquitted [[KarmaHoudini despite all evidence against him]]. Suffice to say, his career never recovered and eventually fizzled out by the end of TheNineties.

He is also the father of Creator/MaxLandis, also a director.
!Films directed by John Landis

* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' (1977)
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (1978)
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' (1980)
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' (1981)
* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' (1983)
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' (1983), first segment)
* ''Film/IntoTheNight'' (1985)
* ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'' (1985)
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' (1986)
* ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' (1988)
* ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/InnocentBlood'' (1992)
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'' (1994)
* ''Film/TheStupids'' (1996)
* ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'' (1998)
* ''Film/BurkeAndHare'' (2010)
!!His works provide examples of:
* ArcWords: "See you next Wednesday," a {{shout out}} to his favorite film, ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Loves to include other directors in cameo roles in his films. ''Film/AnimalHouse'' is his only movie which lacks this feature.
** Classic music. After ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', Landis has been able to work with pretty much any musician he's wanted to, leading to lots of musician cameos in his films too.
** The "Visit Ride/UniversalStudios. (Ask for [[Film/AnimalHouse Babs]])" end card that often appears at the end of his films.
** Working in an appearance of the phrase "See you next Wednesday".
* OldShame: Understandably, he's not proud of his segment from ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' causing the deaths of three actors, though he's said that he's more ashamed of employing the children illegally than indirectly causing their deaths (to be fair, who ''would'' want to take the blame for something like that?).
* ProductionPosse: Although he's worked with a lot of different actors over the years, certain faces do keep popping up:
** Creator/DanAykroyd: ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'', ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', ''Film/TradingPlaces'', ''Film/IntoTheNight'', ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'', ''Susan's Plan''
** Creator/JohnBelushi: ''Film/AnimalHouse'', ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
** Peter Riegert: ''Film/AnimalHouse'', ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}''
** Mark Metcalf: ''Film/AnimalHouse'', ''Film/TheStupids'', ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}''
** Creator/EddieMurphy: ''Film/TradingPlaces'', ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII''
** Henry Gibson: ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie''
** Creator/ChevyChase: ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'', ''Film/ThreeAmigos''
** Creator/FrankOz: ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'', ''Film/TradingPlaces'', ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', ''Film/SpiesLikeUs''
* SurrealHumor: Including the overly supernatural nun in ''The Blues Brothers'' and the singing bush in ''Three Amigos''!
* VideoCredits: Obviously fond of this trope as he used it several times.