The use of lycanthropy (ie. werewolves) as a coming-of-age metaphor has become popular in recent years, ranging from the Twilight franchise (yes, we know Jacob and his clan are technically ‘shape-shifters…’) to the indie flick Jack and Diane to the successful Teen Wolf TV series and Bryan Fuller’s not-so-successful Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane.
You can now add one more to that growing list: the in-production Wolves, which is the passion project-turned-feature-length directorial debut of Solid Snake voice actor (from the Metal Gear Solid video games) and screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, and
The Scorpion King Watchmen). The film will be headlined by Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class, Stoker) and fan-favorite Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis, Game of Thrones).
Here is the official synopsis for Wolves:
Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team; straight-A student; gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf. Panicked, Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. The opposing clans are lead by Connor, the powerful, pure-blood alpha of a savage pack and John Tollerman, an old farmer, committed to protecting the human citizens of Lupine Ridge. But when Cayden falls for Angelina, the beautiful, young mate promised to Connor, a battle to the death is inevitable. And as the past begins to reveal itself, Cayden’s place in the world becomes clearer – as does his power to put an end to the savage violence building up around and within him…
Till and Momoa are playing Cayden and Connor, respectively. Meanwhile, Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, XIII: The Series) is portraying John Tollerman and Merritt Paterson (The Hole) is costarring as Angelina. You can get an early look at some of these cast members in Wolves by checking out the image gallery below (which includes a teaser poster boasting a funny quote from Hayter that, sadly, won’t be the official tagline):
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First Class makeup effects artist/supervisor David Elsey - who won an Oscar for his work on Joe Johnston’s Wolfman remake – previously spoke with Collider about the tone and atmosphere of Wolves, confirming Hayter’s above-mentioned quote that it’s like Twilight (but “with a bit more bite to it, and without abstinence”):
“It’s very violent and bloody, but it’s less like The Wolfman and actually a lot more like an X-Men kind of movie. It’s more of a kind of action movie. Our werewolves…one of the big differences is our werewolves speak in this and they have hopes and dreams like anybody else.”
[SIDENOTE: To be fair, the Twilight wolves did speak in Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - though, it shouldn't exactly be much of a challenge for the title characters in Wolves to prove more intimidating.]
Wolves is expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2013. We’ll let you know when an official release date has been set.