'The Howling' remake: So is the werewolf craze a go?

A remake of the 1981 film The Howling has been announced days after the werewolf-filled Twilight Saga: New Moon scored the third largest opening weekend: Coincidence? We think not, considering that a former studio marketing exec, Joe Nimziki, is behind the movie. According to Variety, the plot of The Howling: Reborn is under wraps, but Nimziki will direct from a script he penned himself, with cameras rolling in February — right around the time that The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, hits theaters. Let us not forget that MTV is also developing a Teen Wolf series, Dimension Films has acquired the rights to John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, with Sean and Bryan Furst (Daybreakers) set to produce, and Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader is high on a remake of Teen Wolf Too. Okay, he was just joking when he told us last April that it was the ’80s movie he’d like done over — “I liked Teen Wolf, but Teen Wolf Too was the first real letdown I had as a kid. I feel like you should remake a movie that was legitimately bad in the ’80s, instead of remaking something that was awesome” — but he has a point. If the werewolf craze is upon us, which movie would you like to see rebooted, and which film do you pray rests in peace?

Since The Howling: Reborn is happening regardless, any words of wisdom for Nimziki? A little inspiration:

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  • Snarf

    The guy who’s behind this was pretty much kicked out of Hollywood. I don’t think it’ll fly.

    • MarkU

      I think it’s probably going to be more of a “re-imagining” than a “remake” and that The Howling is the perfect title to give a fresh coat of paint. And the director was a stud at the studios before he left to become a filmmaker… so I’m optimistic.

  • Jim

    “The Howling” is a great ’80s horror flick – there’s no need to remake it, as the original still stands quite well on its own Rick Baker-designed werewolf legs. I still laugh when I think of the A1 Steak Sauce guy deriding the hero for not having silver bullets, only to discover, moments later, that this is not the case …

    Kollywood, please keep your hands of classic horror. We don’t need remakes of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Howling,” “Fright Night,” etc. Howabout some original ideas for a change?

    • ZRob

      Totally, Jim. Testify!

    • BlackIrish4094

      That could be said about any of the pathetic Robb Zombie and others horror re-makes. Come up with some new stuff. And calling them re-boots instead of remakes doesn’t change anything.

  • CafeLiving

    Leave a HOWLING remake alone. The film was fine as it was. Ditto for the superbly funny horror film AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Leave it alone guys. Concept something new.

  • Rich

    Werewolves are not “cute” and “lovable.” The curse visited upon their human halves can be poignant, but when the moon rises, werewolves should be flat-out terrifying. Any remake of The Howling (which I always preferred to American Werewolf in London) must remember that.

    • Denny

      AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON owns it big-time. All of THE HOWLING movies were trash, even the first one.

      • Rich

        The Howling was directed by Joe Dante from a script by John Sayles. The werewolf effects were done by Rob Bottin (who did John Carpenter’s The Thing) after initial work by Rick Baker (who also did American Werewolf). It also starred Dee Wallace, right before she did E.T. It may have been trash, but it had a pretty good pedigree.

    • Snarf

      Agreed. Why they haven’t taken off the way Vampires have. There’s a lack of control (or should be) about them.

  • SiR

    Get Joss Whedon and Seth Green to spin off the Buffy series while we’re in this new werewolf trend. All this other upcoming crap will most likely flop…especially that teen wolf series.

  • paige

    id love to see a werewolf resurgance… its sad that the best werewolf movie is American Werewolf in London

    • Denny

      What about SILVER BULLET? No, I’m kidding.

  • Chris

    Since Underworld pseudo-ripped off White Wolf’s Vampire RPG, maybe someone should try ripping off White Wolf’s Werewolf game. Or even better, option the movie rights. Remember Kindred: The Embraced? Great show, and loosely based on a White Wolf property. I think they’re just the thing to (hopefully) undo the sparkly vampire and cuddly werewolf craze before it goes completely insane and ruins these mythological beings.

  • Binky

    Not a typical werewolf movie, but I liked “Wolfen.” Same year as “The Howling,” 1981.

  • Forget Werewolves

    Just please stop remaking the entire 1980s, Hollywood!

  • Samuel

    If they’re really looking to cash in on “Twilight” they’ll need to make some changes. Silver bullets won’t kill them, it’ll just makes them sparkle. They will play basketball in the woods for no apparent reason. And the full moon won’t cause the change, it will just happen when they are overcome with love and longing for dead-eyed girls with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

  • ML

    I think remaking the Howling is a great idea. VFX today are so much better than back when the original came out. Plus they can take the weak spots of the original and improve upon them. I’ll go see this bad boy.

  • Anthony S

    We’ll be getting remakes of remakes next. It must be getting harder to get anything new made. Sequels are the same movie over again and as for Twilight – it “owes” a lot to the Buffy/Angel romance. Its a sadder state of film-making year by year.

  • Stephanie T.

    You know, with “The Wolfman” coming to the big screen in 2010, I think that Hollywood should let go of these two bit lame remakes and try something different for a change. Plus The Howling was a classic. It stands on it’s own so what is the purpose of insulting it’s name? Prom Night I could understand because the original was not so fantastic.

  • Mike

    Some older werewolf movies could use a remake, but Howling stood on its own. I just want to know why in the oldest werewolf movies they had to kill to kill the werewolf who only changed in the full moon. The poor sap only changed one time every 28 days. The women in my life did that and non of them had to die.

  • Joey

    What the hell does it matter? Everyone bitches about remakes of old movies but still runs to see them. I say remake them all. It’s not like we won’t be ablt to see the original anymore. Besides, The howling needs to be remade. The FX in that movie was TERRIBLE! The chick at the end of it looked like a damn ewok for christ sakes. As for American Werewolf in London, it is the greatest. Best looking werewolf and best howl of any movie but I would be curious to see the remake.

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