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This one won’t come as much of a surprise - a remake of the classic Michael J. Fox starrer “Teen Wolf” is in early development.
The original, released on the back of Michael J.Fox’s success in “Back to the Future” (God, they cashed in on it!), told of a basketballer (Fox) who, upon discovering he’s a werewolf like his father (the great James Hampton), finds popularity and notoriety... and the ability to slamdunk. The only person not excited to be losing ‘the old Scott’ is long-time best pal, Boof (Susan Ursitti).
Nobody is yet onboard to direct, and casting won’t begin until the studio decides on a script, but what’s the bet Zac Efron’s approached? Just a guess. Considering the WB are planning a big-time theatrical release here, it’s safe to say they’ll try and chase a couple of names for the main roles. Still a way's off though.
God, still remember going to see “Teen Wolf” for the first time. It was at a cinema at the Knox Shopping Center. I remember the day fondly – dropped out out the front of the theater with my brother, step brother and step-sister. Remember being quite taken-back by the ‘heavy breathing’ sequence that opened the movie – which, of course, was the purpose and motivation of the sequence. But mostly, remember loving every bit of it – the laughs, the Fox, the ‘Chubby’, the Coach’s three rules, the soundtrack (Wiiiiiiiinnnnn in the End!), which I have around here somewhere, and of course, the inimitable (though they tried by recasting the role for the sequel) ‘Stiles’, Scott’s carefree partyboy buddy. About a month later, I checked it out again – at a club that was screening the film on a movable mesh-screen. Ah, the 80s. How I want to go back.