Russell Mulcahy Talks Teen Wolf TV Series, Teases Bait 3D Details
Director Russell Mulcahy has enjoyed a successful career in both films and television alike, and he is now combining his love of the horror genre with his love for working in TV with the upcoming MTV series “Teen Wolf”, which is set to debut on June 5th following the MTV Movie Awards (the show will also slide into its regular time slot on June 6th).
By way of background, Mulcahy was the pioneering director behind some of MTV’s earliest breakthrough videos (including “TV Killed the Radio Star,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and one of this writer’s personal favorites, the over-the-top “Total Eclipse of the Heart”); has worked on critically-acclaimed television series including “Queer as Folk,” “The Hunger” and “Tales from the Crypt,” and gave us various ass-kicking genre (or genre-esque) flicks including Highlander and its sequel, Resident Evil: Extinction and Give ‘Em Hell, Malone.
Recently Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with Mulcahy during the “Teen Wolf” press day to find out what attracted him to the project and how the new series will have a lot more horror elements in it than the original film. He also gave us a little tease on what to expect from his upcoming feature film Bait, which looks like it's set to debut in Australia this upcoming September.
Mulcahy, who is no stranger to the horror genre, discussed how he came on board “Teen Wolf” after meeting with writer and executive producer Jeff Davis (read our interview with Jeff here) and hearing how the successful showrunner wanted to switch things up for a new audience.
“I met with Jeff soon after he met with MTV and agreed to come on board this project,” explained Mulcahy. “Jeff told me how he saw this series differently than the original and how he wanted it to be a little darker, edgier and scarier - kind of like the movie The Lost Boys was. I actually hadn’t seen the original Michael J. Fox movie until about halfway through the season when Jeff made me sit down and watch it. and it was definitely very charming. but I don’t think our show is really a remake of that movie. We didn’t set out to do a remake at all so I think the original’s still very much intact.”
“I think the reason Jeff and I hit it off so well was because we both have so much love and respect for the horror genre and the cinema as well. So our plan was to make this series feel as cinematic as possible. And the fact that the series was for MTV was kind of an odd feeling for me at first because I worked on the very first music video that ever played on the network so it definitely felt like my career was coming full-circle by working on ‘Teen Wolf,’” added Mulcahy.