the howling

The vampire trend must be dying down, because the werewolves are ready to take its place. According to multiple reports the 1981 horror flick, The Howling is about to be remade. This new version will be entitled, The Howling: Reborn (as if that title makes it better) and will be directed by a former studio marketing exec making his directorial debut.

Joe Dante directed the original version of The Howling, which was written by John Sayles, and became a cult classic. The movie didn’t spawn just one or two sequels, it produced a total of six follow ups. The Howling: Reborn will be directed and written by Joe Nimziki, a former marketing executive at Sony and MGM. Isn’t MGM in the toilet right now? This guy’s involvement doesn’t seem like a positive or promising addition to this film.

Variety didn’t have much info on the plot stating that it’s under wraps, but they did say that the film begins production in February for a Halloween release. Over at Joblo, they posted an exclusive synopsis of the story, which is described as a mix between Twilight, Gossip Girl, and The Lost Boys.

The REBORN screenplay opens in a similar manner to the 1981 Dante film , with a young reporter – named Karen White – meeting up with a serial killer who is stalking her. In this version, however, there are no cops who burst in on the scene: she’s confronted and murdered by the killer, who of course turns out to be a werewolf. Only hook is, she was pregnant, and the baby lives… Cut to years later, and Karen’s son – Will – is attending a high-profile prep school, where he’s having weird dreams and the like. Naturally, he’s got wolfy tendencies, and – shock! – so do his friends.

Just the thought of them producing this film gives me a headache. Hollywood continues to take these classic, old school horror characters and water them down for teen audiences. They’ve ruined the original spirit of the vampire, and now their about to do the same to the werewolf. Who’s next, The Invisible Man?

What do you think of the plot for The Howling: Reborn?