The Howling Set for Reboot - Werewolves Making a Comeback?
by Ethan Anderton
November 22, 2009
New Moon? More like Old Moon! Zing! Sure the second installment of the Twilight Saga raked in piles of money this past weekend, but even the trendy, emo vampire flick has illustrated that (as Will Smith's character from Men in Black might say) vampires are old and busted, but werewolves are the new hotness. With Universal's Wolfman on the horizon, another project that might benefit from this new trend came out of nowhere earlier this month, but Variety has only just caught on to the news that The Howling, the werewolf series of films spawned by Joe Dante, is set for a franchise reboot with The Howling: Reborn.
Though plot details are being kept under tight wraps, the film is already set to start production in February for a Halloween release. So as of now it sounds like they're starting The Howling all over again from scratch, but will they still use Gary Brandner's original novel as source material? The very first original film, written by John Sayles, spawned six sequels (the most recent one ironically enough entitled New Moon Rising from 1995) and followed the exploits of a news anchor stalked by a serial killer who turns out to be a werewolf. We're still waiting to see exactly where this is going, but we'll be sure to let you know if we hear anything.
Variety also confirms that former marketing exec Joe Nimziki is making this his directorial debut. It must be a passion project for him, because he also wrote the script. Joel Kastelberg and Etchie Stroh are producing.