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?