Russell Mulcahy Piloting MTV’s Teen Wolf to Twilight Glory

He gave us Highlander. But he also gave us Highlander 2: The Quickening. He did give us a man-eating boar in Razorback. But he also gave us The Real McCoy. Most recently he gave us Resident Evil: Extinction and soon he will be giving us the 3D shark film Bait. The career of Russell Mulcahy has always had its ups and downs. Would directing a “Teen Wolf” TV pilot for MTV be considered a high or low?

According to IMDB Russell Mulcahy has been tapped to direct the pilot episode of their new “Teen Wolf” series inspired by the 1985 Michael J. Fox comedy. Shooting begins very shortly in Georgia.

Remember now that MTV is shooting for more of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Vampire Diaries” dark teen drama with flashes of humor tone for their Twilight baiting “Teen Wolf” series premiering next year on the channel that used to actually run music videos.

A few weeks back we told you that Tyler Posey scored the lead role as Scott McCall, “a dorky high-school student who gets a rush of new powers, including the ability to attract girls, after a wolf attack.” I’m guessing the series is not going to include the famous bit of him in werewolf form in a basketball jersey using his lycan powers to win the big game.

Posey is said to be the young actor whom Twilight author Stephanie Meyer had in mind for the role of underwearwolf Jacob Black before the role ended up going to Taylor Lautner. Looks like Posey is going to end up all hairy and fanged one way or another.

Other characters are described as:

“Scott’s best friend who is initially dismissive of Scott’s theory that he was bitten by a wolf but then begins research on human-werewolf transformation.”

“A sweet new girl at school who is immediately smitten with Scott.”

“A handsome local boy who in fact is a vicious and predatory werewolf capable of great harm.”

Only thing left is to have the werewolves sparkle in the moonlight. Ah, he’s a werewolf. Werewolves should never sparkle. But with all that hair he can at least shimmer.

I’m hardly a fan of the original Michael J. Fox comedy (or its horrendous Jason Bateman sequel), but Teen Wolf reimagined as “a dramatic thriller with a buddy-comedy element at the center and a romantic plot line” just strikes me as bizarre. Why even call it “Teen Wolf” in the first place? Just call it “Tween Wolf” and be done with it.

Perhaps now would be a good time to pitch MTV my idea for a new TV show based on The Goonies about a gang of misfit kids caught up in a serious-minded Da Vinci Code style conspiracy thriller they have to crack before it is too late?

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  • Gus Bjork


  • Terminal

    Fuck this.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Vanvance1

    At least it will be technically competent if nothing else.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Mulcahy might elevate the material…slightly. Good director, bad material however though.