The Howling Set for Reboot - Werewolves Making a Comeback?

November 22, 2009

The Howling

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.

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  • Jay
    I like the idea of this remake as it is a horror movie that could do very well financially...but I am worried about the director! I am all for giving no name folks their big break....but I am crossing my fingers
  • d1rEct
    It had to happen didn't it?
  • Cineprog
    What? more Reboots Now The Howling, we had Vampires now warewolfs. it makes me :( that film makers of today cannot come up with there own storys instead it all about jumping on the band wagon, when someone comes along with Twilight for the teenagers all the studios follow one another in a line and come out with the same lame stuff. Enough said.
  • loci
    "when someone comes along with Twilight for the teenagers all the studios follow one another in a line and come out with the same lame stuff" What this overreact-er really means is, one or two similar films may follow, depending on the success of those imitated. Lets all cry about it.
  • SlashBeast
    Great, another movie monster ready to get over-exposed.
  • Fisherr
    Was this movie any good? Does anyone even recommend watching the old movie before going through the upcoming one.
  • @ #6, I don't know if I would recommend it, because it could definitely change your perception of a remake when one is released. I'm a fan of checking out originals, especially if they are praiseworthy, before any such remake. However, one reader pointed out that remakes are essentially a way to introduce a story to a new audience without having it feel dated. Some movies, especially in the horror genre, feel very old, even if they were just made in the 80's. And while they might not be the most important audience as far as knowing quality filmmaking, current generations don't see the appeal of some films of the past because they feel aged. I don't particularly think that's a good excuse, but it's certainly logical. That and the whole making more money thing.
  • Fed Up With Hollywood
    I say we take off and nuke Hollywood from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...




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