Tyler Posey to star in MTV’s Teen Wolf series

In news that could either be really cool or really awful, MTV are planning on remaking the awesome 1980’s movie Teen Wolf into a series starring Tyler Posey.

The original 1985 movie was a vehicle for Michael J Fox as a high school student who morphs into a wolf when he hits puberty. In a break from tradition, he doesn’t hide his condition, he revels in it, making him better on the basketball team and a hit at parties. In reality, it felt like he was playing Marty McFly with slightly more hair, but it was a fun movie.

With the proliferation of vampire dramas, it was almost inevitable that other supernatural creatures would be plumbed for their drama value. [[True Blood (TV Series)|True Blood]] and Twilight have both introduced werewolves to their respective storylines, and [[The Vampire Diaries (TV Series)|The Vampire Diaries]] will probably follow suit in its second season. Only a matter of time before a pure werewolf drama came out, wasn’t it?

Here’s the ‘pitch’ for the new series – sounds slightly more like a Disney version. The Werewolves of Waverly Place? Should we be worried?

It has a fresh take and is very different from the original. It has more of an ‘American Werewolf in London’ feel to it. It’s a dramatic thriller with two best friends in the center who provide a great comedy element: They are two very relatable characters on the outer circles of popular cliques.

TV Overmind talks about this a little and fills in the details of some of the supporting cast:

Other characters in the series include Scott’s best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), the new girl/romantic lead Allison (Crystal Reed), and Scott’s werewolf nemesis Derek (Tyler Hoechlin). It is good to note that the Michael J. Fox’s character in the original film  was named Scott, as well, and that the character of Stiles was featured in the original movie and was played by Jerry Levine.

Could be a lot of fun if it’s done properly. I’ve gotta admit, Teen Wolf is still a guilty pleasure for me. I’ve always wondered why it’s not celebrated more in retrospectives of the 80’s. Possibly because it will forever be eclipsed by Back To The Future as J Fox’s greatest work.

Well, folks – a Teen Wolf reboot – good idea or bad?

3 Comments

  1. Emz

    I grew up loving ALL of Micheal J. Fox’s work – Back to the Future, Teenwolf, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Concierge and all the others. This was because my older sister had a massive crush on the guy (she actually CRIED when she read in some rag that he was married with kids – no one saw her for days coz she was in her room sulking!) but I couldn’t help developing my own kinda love for him and for me that was soley based on Teenwolf – great movie in all ways – funny, heartwrenching but ultimately out-and-out feelgood – the message being that if you wanna be somebody, try being yourself. You are of course aware of the horribly inferior sequel? The series can’t possibly be any worse than that…right? I am tempted to give it a try outta morid curiosity, but I’m kinda skeptical.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      Yes, I have seen the sequel. But not more than once or twice. ITV2 were showing the original Teen Wolf a few times, and I recorded it, but some git deleted it! Might buy the DVD though – it was a great movie. I always remember him being slightly ashamed of his geeky dad, then realising he was a werewolf!

  2. Emz

    So, Micheal J. Fox is locked in the bathrroom trying to understand just how he’s suddenly become so canine and hairy and geeky hardstore dad is practically banging down the door…. “Son, we need to have a talk”

     

    “Uuuuuuh, no dad” Increasingly screechy and almost howly “Uuuuuuh, no, dad, uuuuuuuuuuh, no – not this time”

     

    Then son opens the door and dad’s stood there in the whole big gray hairy warewolf get up – CLASSIC MOMENT! Dad does take son down quite a few times during the movie though and they wind up with a mutual understanding and respect for each other which is really well done and really beautiful to watch develop. LOVE IT!!!

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