David Hayter’s a man with some solid geek cred. He wrote the screenplays for the first two X-Men movies (otherwise known as “The non-shitty X-Men movies”), as well as Watchmen. While I didn’t particularly enjoy Watchmen (which is why, you slobbering goons, it didn’t make this list), I didn’t think that was due to the writing, but more to Zack Snyder’s ham-fisted directing. Regardless, he’s done enough to make him an official Friend of Geeks (also? Did you know he’s been the voice of Solid Snake in every single Metal Gear game since 1998? I shit you not).
So when I learned that he’s been jonesing to take up directing, I sat up a little straighter. Now, he’s found his first project — a werewolf film that he’s written called Wolves. Not the most original title, but what are you gonna do? Anyway, the film is, according to Hayter, a sort of “Twilight with a bit more bite to it, and without abstinence.” I kind of wish he hadn’t used Twilight as the comparison, but given that it’s set to be a coming of age tale, I suppose I’ll live with it. According to Deadline, “he de-constructed past werewolf films, took out the mythology that haunted the screen adaptations, and found a way to make it a metaphor for a teen maturing sexually into adulthood, at the age when young men howl at the moon.”
OK, so maybe more like a male version of Ginger Snaps. That’s a comparison I’m much happier with, since Ginger Snaps is fantastic. No word on when Wolves will be released, or what studio is attached. Regardless, it sounds like another angsty-teen horror flick, but this one will probably have some actual horror to it. And decent writing. The final bit of unfortunateness (and this is just my own nitpicking) is that they changed the name. The original was called Slaughter’s Road, which is much better. But still — I’m definitely interested. As long as they aren’t weak-ass sissy wolves who pine over girls that bite their lips too much.