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.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
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
Jay on Nov 22, 2009
It had to happen didn't it?
d1rEct on Nov 23, 2009
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.
Cineprog on Nov 23, 2009
"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.
loci on Nov 23, 2009
Great, another movie monster ready to get over-exposed.
SlashBeast on Nov 23, 2009
Was this movie any good? Does anyone even recommend watching the old movie before going through the upcoming one.
Fisherr on Nov 23, 2009
I say we take off and nuke Hollywood from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...
Fed Up With Hollywood on Nov 29, 2009
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