TEEN Wolf looks as though it will be joining the painfully long list of movies getting the remake treatment.
It has been reported that Warner Bros. is looking for writers to do-over the1985 cult hit starring Michael J. Fox as a high school dweeb who becomes a babe-magnet and basketball star despite picking up the rare genetic disorder known as hypertrichosis.
Well, that last bit never actually came out in the movie, but it is a real problem that apparently affects less than 50 people on the planet, and certainly explains the overgrown hair that Fox’s Scott Howard sports – not some curse as his dear old dad, Harold, tried to inform him.
Moviehole.net, which broke the news of the remake, says producers are “not quite certain which way they’re going to go”.
But, while the website declared it would like to see ‘Son of Teen Wolf’ get made, “it’s pretty safe that whatever and whoever’s script they go with will again tell the story of Scott Howard and his pesky hair prob”.
The original movie had that whole boy-longs-for-cheerleader-girlfriend-but-realises-he-loves-the-friend-who-happens-to-be-a-girl-and-been-sitting-right-under-his-nose storyline that was done to death in the ’80s. You know the one, like in Secret Admirer, The Heavenly Kid etc etc.
Moviehole.net goes on to say that ”nobody is yet on-board to direct, and casting won’t begin until the studio decides on a script, but what’s the bet Zac Efron’s approached? 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.”
There certainly wouldn’t be any great surprise there. But would his agents allow it? I mean, isn’t he the biggest teen heart-throb around at the moment? What would sprouting long, thick hair all over his body do to his clean-cut image.
Regardless, the whole idea stinks anyway. It’s just another lazy attempt by Hollywood movie studios to make a bit of easy cash. And in respect to Mr J. Fox, Teen Wolf should really be left alone.
And, don’t forget, the film has been remade already. Remember Teen Wolf Too (1987), starring Jason Bateman?