‘The Howling’ Franchise Gets ‘Reborn’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

 The Howling Franchise Gets Reborn

Hot off the heels of The Twilight Saga: New Moon – which takes a vampire love story and adds a helping of werewolves – making an absolute killing at the box office this past weekend, out comes news that The Howling franchise is getting a reboot/remake. Yes, yet again Hollywood is turning their focus to an established entity and giving it do-over. Big surprise there…

The original Howling from 1981 was directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) and written by John Sayles from a book by Gary Brandner. It was about a news anchor who is stalked by a serial killer who turns out to be a werewolf (naturally…). It’s not generally considered one of the best horror films of all time (6.5 rating on IMDB), but its film with a loyal cult following. It ended up spawning six sequels (didn’t just about every horror franchise from the 80s?), including one subtitled “Your Sister Is a Werewolf” and another “The Freaks.”

Variety is reporting that the reboot is to be titled The Howling: Reborn, and is being set up by indie producers Joel Katselberg and Moonstone Entertainment’s Etchie Stroh. It will mark the feature film directing debut of Joe Nimziki – who was once a studio marketing exec over at New Line, MGM and Sony – who will direct from his own original script. Producers of the original Howling, Steve Lane and Bob Pringle, will come back to serve as exec producers for the reboot.

The Howling: Reborn will not only follow the staggeringly successful New Moon, but will also follow in the footsteps of the much-troubled new version of The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. I bet the people behind this new Howling are hoping that Wolfman‘s extremely troubled production was just a case of bad luck and not that werewolves are a curse of any kind icon razz The Howling Franchise Gets Reborn

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The story for the reboot is being kept under wraps for the time being, although I don’t imagine it will stray that far from the stalking storyline of the original. However having said that, if they’re selling the film on the fact that it’s about a werewolf – and why wouldn’t they? – then the surprise (the stalker being a werewolf) is already ruined. Perhaps they’ll strip away that particular twist.

I have a shred of hope for this remake due to the fact that it’s a couple of indie producers that have started it up, as opposed to a big Hollywood studio taking it and remaking it just for the sake of capitalizing on the idea and the current success of werewolf flicks. I’m not saying that will make The Howling: Reborn turn out any better or worse in terms of quality, but it’s a good sign, IMHO.

What do you think of them rebooting the long-running Howling franchise? Have you seen the original and any of its sequels? Does it deserve a do-over?

Shooting on The Howling: Reborn is supposed to start next February and a Halloween, 2010 release date is being eyed.

Sources: Variety (thanks to Cinemablend)

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  1. only seen one, number 3 – it haz Christopher lee in it, make him come back, and i like this.

  2. I love the original. Not everyone’s cup-if-tea, but it had one of the top two werewolf transformations in movie history. The other being Werewolf in London.

    Tentatively optimistic.

  3. “I want to give you a piece of my mind” -Eddie Quist
    (As he proceeds to dig a bullet out of his forehead)

  4. loved the first one back in the day……One can only hope CGI will be as good as the New Wolfman, and better than Twi”lite” ( obvious dig).

  5. Ha!
    I LOVED the original! I still remember being scared by it when I saw it at the theatre. I thought it was a fine film, and still do – I recently bought the DVD of it.

  6. Ok never seen it and prob will see neither the old or the new (not my thing) but I just need to say that at the rate we are doing wolf movies and remakes that Teen Wolf should be getting a re-boot in the very near future… Teen Wolf reboot anyone? Can we get Mike J to pull a spock and do a cameo?

  7. I remember a couple of the Howling movies were good for lots of nekkid boobies. Hope they stick with that. lol

  8. @Luke

    That was pretty much a staple of any horror movie in the 80′s. Ahhh, the 80′s, what a lovely decade. :)

  9. The original is a pretty decent movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid when I found out that they could shift any time they wanted and not just at the full moon. I’ve seen the second (the one with Christopher Lee – horrible, horrible movie) and the third (the one with marsupial werewolves in the Australian outback- also horrible).
    I sort of knew that this was going to happen. I mean, if they’re going to remake American Werewolf in London, the pinnacle of contemporary werewolf flicks, then of course they’ll remake its lesser known cousin(Rick Baker left The Howling to do AWiL, and his protege, Rob Bottin, did The Howling). I’m okay with it so long as the story is good and they don’t overdo it with the CGI, which never looks quite right on overly hairy creatures.
    And someone at work said they saw on MTV that they’re doing a Teen Wolf reboot there. Don’t know how true it is.

  10. I loved The Howling ( Dee Wallace was pretty hot ).

    The first time I watched it , though , it didn’t make any sense.
    I was watching it on laser disc and didn’t realize I had started the movie on side 2. I didn’t figure it out until I started watching side 1.

    any of you youngins ever heard of laser disc ?
    ( not what you’d call a real successful format , short lived ).

    I’m up for a remake of The Howling cuz I sure don’t have very high expectations for Benicio’s The Wolfman.

  11. @ INK

    Hells yeah…;)

  12. another useless remake.

  13. another useless remake.

  14. I’ve seen all the Howlings, and, imo, the first 3 were the best, after that, it went down hill. I think that The Howling, was the best out of them all, but, it can’t hurt to re-do it. I love the transformation scene, one of the best transformation scenes in a werewolf movie, aside from American Werewolf in London, so I hope with this Howling: Reborn, that the transformation scene(s) are good.

  15. the best werewolf movie ever,i doubt it that the reborn will be beter then original,ill great werewolf mowie funs

  16. For any who reads this article. I know my comment is a year late but with good cause. As a Howling fan I’ve seen them all, and I just watched Reborn. All I have to say is,FINALLY BAD@$$ WEREWOLVES ARE BACK IN ACTION!! Jacob would neutered from any of these wolves. Rest assured folks Howling Reborn brings the franchise home with solid class and style. A solid story that quickly uses old concepts with a fresh look and new twists. Fans of the originals will be impressed and the younger generations will be exposed to a cult classic franchise.

  17. I like this movie the romance in it was pretty good im a horror person n when i saw this i actualy think they did a good job putin the romance in the movie

  18. I actually kind of liked this movie. Libioron and Shaw do a pretty good job and their chemistry is pretty good. It’s a low budget direct to DVD horror film so take that for what it is worth. The acting of the two leads saved the film from being terrible. 5/10.