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All That's Missing Are Gladiators

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 3, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 3, 2010 |

Katee Sackoff has managed a sort of teflon magic in her post Battlestar career. She keeps landing in roles tacked onto the last seasons of shows or borderline B-movies that normally would be the sign of a waning career. Because starring in a movie described as a mix between Fight Club and werewolves, which is directed and written by a guy named Sxv’Leithan just screams of a climbing career right? That’s how Sxv’Leithan Essex (what is that? ancient Assyrian?) describes his new film Growl, set to hit theaters in 2011.

Here’s the official plot summary: “A traveling underground fight club called ‘The Brawlers’ arrive at a derelict ghost town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies. They meet the town’s only residents, the Maxilla family who want to buy on to the fight card. But the Maxilla family’s true intentions for the Brawler crew is soon revealed in teeth and claws. Some will be hunted, some will be feed, and some will become part of the family…whether they like it or not.”

There are two things missing here. It needs to be made as an original for the SyFy Channel. And it needs to star Danny Trejo.

Mr. Essex (only the things moving in the darkness of the pit hidden behind a fake wall in his subbasement actually call him Sxv’Leithan) described it as such to the folks at Shock Till You Drop: “It’s Fight Club versus werewolves. Two of my favorite things thrown in the ring to see what will come out alive. But what I love most about it is its completely character driven. I started writing and wanting to direct after seeing Aliens in theaters and how James Cameron made you care about the characters who would eventually be in peril. I love the characters in Growl like they are my family and it sucks to have to kill some of them off. But they do die some glorious deaths. I’m a total horror freak and I write with horror junkies like me in mind, creating the type of film we really want to see on the big screen.”

He then says “We have the trilogy outlined, a prequel graphic novel and a videogame that sets up the events and characters in Growl 2. I’m a huge comic book fan as well and love when ancillary properties directly link into the films. There will be lots of character background and connective tissue in the graphic novel and videogame and it won’t be just a moneymaking tool.”

Ugh, dude, save words like “ancillary properties” for power point. Rumor is that Kiefer Sutherland might join the film too.

In any case, here’s the poster (unwisely warning potential viewers that the producers were partially responsible for X-Men 3 and Fantastic 4.2), along with Starbuck looking like she saw a were-Toaster and a serious attempt to channel Tyler Durden. Click for hi-res versions.




(source, along with a couple more stills: Shock Till You Drop)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.