This one wonâ€™t come as much of a surprise – a remake of the classic Michael J. Fox starrer â€œTeen Wolfâ€ is in early development.
Warner Bros (who snagged the rights to the film series about five or six years ago) are currently out to writers, looking for the craftiest reinterpretation of Rod Danielsâ€™ 1985 hit. Theyâ€™re not quite certain ”which way theyâ€™re going to go” – Me, I say go with â€˜Son of Teen Wolfâ€™! – but Iâ€™d say itâ€™s pretty safe that whatever and whoever’s script they go with will again tell the story of Scott Howard and his pesky hair prob. Not expecting anything too original here. But then, it’s “Teen Wolf” – no need for too big or audacious an idea.
The original, released on the back of Michael J.Foxâ€™s success in â€œBack to the Futureâ€ (God, they cashed in on it!), told of a basketballer (Fox) who, upon discovering heâ€™s a werewolf like his father (the great James Hampton), finds popularity and notoriety… and the ability to slamdunk. The only person not excited to be losing â€˜the old Scottâ€™ is long-time best pal, Boof (Susan Ursitti).
Nobody is yet onboard to direct, and casting wonâ€™t begin until the studio decides on a script, but whatâ€™s the bet Zac Efronâ€™s approached? Just a guess. Considering the WB are planning a big-time theatrical release here, itâ€™s safe to say theyâ€™ll try and chase a couple of names for the main roles. Still a way’s off though.
God, still remember going to see â€œTeen Wolfâ€ for the first time. It was at a cinema at the Knox Shopping Center. I remember the day fondly â€“ dropped out out the front of the theater with my brother, step brother and step-sister. Remember being quite taken-back by the â€˜heavy breathingâ€™ sequence that opened the movie â€“ which, of course, was the purpose and motivation of the sequence. But mostly, remember loving every bit of it â€“ the laughs, the Fox, the â€˜Chubbyâ€™, the Coachâ€™s three rules, the soundtrack (Wiiiiiiiinnnnn in the End!), which I have around here somewhere, and of course, the inimitable (though they tried by recasting the role for the sequel) â€˜Stilesâ€™, Scottâ€™s carefree partyboy buddy. About a month later, I checked it out again â€“ at a club that was screening the film on a movable mesh-screen. Ah, the 80s. How I want to go back.
UPN briefly flirted with a live-action â€œTeen Wolfâ€ TV series in 2003, hiring Terry Hughes and Ron Milbauer to write the pilot for a potential series about a college kid (as opposed to a highschool kid) who discovers heâ€™s got hairy palms. Didn’t get to pilot.
More on the feature-film redo as we hear it..