class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-5209″ style=”margin: 10px” src=”https://www.heyuguys.com/images/2009/11/TheHowling.jpg” alt=”TheHowling” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Variety has reported that Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf classic The Howling is getting a Hollywood makeover.
Producers Joel Kastelberg (Highball) and Etchie Stroh (The Promise) want to reboot the franchise as The Howling: Reborn. Taking on both writing and directing duties will be former studio marketing executive Joe Nimziki, who will be making his feature length film debut with this project.
The original film spawned six terrible sequels released from 1985 to 1995, which were never meant to be anything more than a long, drawn-out attempt to cash in on the original cult classic. Some may argue that this is exactly why the series should be rebooted, but in my opinion remakes hardly ever surpass the original, and in an era of Hollywood where most films seem to be remakes/reboots/re-imaginings or sequels/prequels, I would prefer for Kastelberg, Stroh, and Nimziki to make an original werewolf movie completely independent of Joe Dante’s The Howling or Gary Brandner’s novel from which it’s based upon. Of course, much like the six Howling sequels, they want to market this new film on the reputation of the original, so making a completely new film probably won’t happen.
What are your thoughts on yet another remake being announced?