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MTV Takes To
Series TEEN WOLF!!

Published at: May 20, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
You wanted MTV to move away from reality? Then you’ll like this news. MTV has greenlit to series “Teen Wolf,” a remake of the 24-year-old big-screen Michael J. Fox comedy. “Criminal Minds” creator Jeff Davis wrote the pilot, a good sign. MTV exec Liz Gateley suggests the TV version will be tonally reminiscent of "An American Werewolf in London," another good sign. Now that 2015 is only five years away, somebody needs to get busy on a "Back To The Future" remake that will send Marty McFly all the way back to the year "Teen Wolf" was released. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • May 20, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    No, I wanted MTV to move toward...I dunno...music?

    by FlandersBum

    Why does everything associated with MTV for the last 5 years just suck? And the trend continues I see. Just rename the network to STV.....Suck Television.

  • May 20, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Michael J. Fox Cameo

    by professorklein2010

    I hope Fox gets a Cameo or some kind of voice over. Also wasn't there a teen wolf cartoon series?

  • May 20, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Hasn't this been greenlit a year ago?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

  • May 20, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    <<INSERT TALKBACK CATCHPHRASE HERE>>

    by DonLogan

    his "give me a keg of beer" voice is different in the trailer. Teen Wolf was great. This new series will feature twilight-esque brooding teen wolf heart-throbs in a retread of The OC, One Tree Hill, 90210 etc etc etc

  • May 20, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Will Boof be in it?

    by NippleEffect

    sign the bring back Boof petition

  • May 20, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Give me... a keg... of beer...

    by Denty420

    Just the news I wanted to hear. A lame remake of a lame movie.

  • May 20, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Cannot wait for this one.

    by A G

    HAHAH

  • May 20, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Pilot?

    by Martin Hogg

    Anyone seen the pilot? any good?

  • May 20, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    It will be "tonally reminiscent" of a turd, though the

    by CreasyBear

    artistic craftsmanship and vision involved in this bold dramatic telling will surely bring to mind perhaps more in the line of a fart. "Tonally reminiscent"? Please, MTV people, stick to words and phrases appropriate for the material. For example, you could have said, "Like the Twilight hunk craze, but with US keeping the money."

  • May 20, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    yawn

    by adml_shake

    so Mass market TeleVision is trying to cash in on the whole werewolf/vampire craze going on right now. No surprise.

  • May 20, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Tonally like American Werewolf in London? No it won't

    by V'Shael

    Why do you even bother printing such an OBVIOUS piece of marketing bullshit? <p> American Werewolf had full frontal nudity, sex, and nice healthy amounts of gore. Plus some PHYSICAL special f/x, not just CGI after CGI. <p> There is no fucking way this will resemble that movie IN ANY WAY.

  • May 20, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    V'Shael, well said sir!

    by LordPorkington

    The marketing team obviously brainstormed and someone said 'Hey, we'll compare it to An American Werewolf In London! Everyone loved that werewolf movie, so if we say it's tonally the same, then everyone will love our project too!' Idiots.

  • May 20, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I bet that this is just a massive setup for a BNAT joke...

    by John Maddening

    ...The Littlest Jew cannot be happy!

  • May 20, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    All I can say is...

    by BizarroJerry

    Jesus H. Christ!

  • May 20, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    WTF

    by etantao

    why remake something that's as dead as jfk? MTV is so far away from what used to make it good only thing i can watch there is truelife.

  • May 20, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    SHOOT IT, FATBOY!!!

    by HoboCode

  • May 20, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I want my MTV VIDEOS

    by 420 Boylston St

    Whatever happened to that?

  • May 20, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    FlandersBum FTW!

    by Dave I

    What FlandersBum said. I wanted MTV to move toward music. [/thread]

  • May 20, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Herc, they already filmed the pilot last year.

    by Mike_D

    Scott won't totally "wolf-out" and he doesn't play basketball, but goes to a fancy school and plays that rich kid sport (the name escapes me, but it's pretty lame).

  • May 20, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Herc, that Back to Future sequel idea is brilliant...

    by thecomedian

    Christopher Lloyd still looks the same and Michael J. Fox can play 2015 Marty(in an altered non-"loser Marty get's fired by Fax" future)and they can Benjamin Button him to play '85 Marty. Plus they can finally bring Crispin Glover back and recast Lea Thompson with a stupid behind the head stand-in instead. Hot Tub Time Machine may not have made a lot of money but it was well done and that has everything to do with the obvious nods to BTTF. This sequel would practically write itself.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah....

    by thecomedian

    And bring back Elizabeth Shue. Plus instead of casting Fox as the kids Zemekis can whip up a bunch of his creepy cgi corpes robots that look like Michael J. Fox to interact with the real actors.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    the comedian, you kid right?

    by A G

    Michael J. Fox is seriously disabled.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    3d Michael J Fox in BTTF 4

    by antonphd

    He's the one person who audiences would accept being replaced by a 3d version of himself. Of course, he's do the voice acting. It would be awesome! Plus, he could probably use the money.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    He can deliver lines and they can shoot around it...

    by thecomedian

    He's got his own stem cell foundation for christ sake. 5 years from now he might be in better shape. Who knows. He did it on Spin City for all those years.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Plus...

    by thecomedian

    If it's 2015 Marty who's the lead the audience will except that Fox is an old man and not as spry as he was.

  • May 20, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    accept

    by thecomedian

  • May 20, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Strangely, I don't totally hate this idea

    by Jaka

    However, I realized about six months ago that I don't watch Mtv anymore at all. Hadn't gone to that channel in months at the time and the only time I've gone there since is for their early morning video programming. Seemingly the only time they still show them.<P>Oh, my Mom still calls Michael J Fox's movie a remake of Michael Landon's I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Makes me chuckle every time. Old people.

  • May 20, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Hold the jello!

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    my favorite part was when tennwolf was in the school play and teenwolf is in his civil war outfit and the chick gets naked.

  • May 20, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Since Michael J. Fox is not doing this

    by Magnus Greel

    I hear Megan Fox is available.

  • May 20, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Fine. Just no more guidos from Joy-sey

    by HapaPapa72

    Per favore.

  • May 20, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I smell multiple emmys

    by Jill_Valentines_Gun_Holster

    However MTV replace Michael J Fox with Megan J Fox as she needs work now. Shit, As long as he dribbles the basketball head down I don't care. Then they replace him/her with Jason Bateman for the second series.

  • May 20, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Magnus Greel

    by Jill_Valentines_Gun_Holster

    You bet me to my Megan Fox gag. Okay, Jamie Foxx. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles as Teen Wolf. Sounds promising.

  • May 20, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Too keep up the gender switch

    by Magnus Greel

    Use Justine Bateman instead of Jason.

  • May 20, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The Teen Mom audience will get confused.

    by RPLocke

  • May 21, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I want my music on MTV, not "I want my movie on MTV"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • May 22, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    God, how I HATED that movie

    by Yeti

    Here's hoping this reboot/re-imagining is more Buffy The Vampire Slayer and less Big Wolf On Campus.

  • May 22, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I loved the original!

    by jsarnold513

    When I was 6. Then I watched it when I actually was in my teens and realized how silly it was. <p> However, the silliness is a big part of its charm. Making it "tonally similar to 'American Werewolf in London'" would be a huge mistake, IMO. AWIL had humor, but underneath it was a dark, foreboding, and even kinda tragic mood. "Teen Wolf" was just a cheesy coming of age/wish fulfillment fantasy and that's why people love it now. It should be campy, completely non-threatening, and way over the top. <p> I hope they don't "Twilight" it, though. Making everybody all mopey or romantic... yuck. I already hate the idea of Scott going to a fancy prep school and playing lacrosse or something. One of the charming things about the original was that it was set in a typical American small town among working class people. When did it become a crime to portray any teenagers on TV who aren't the spoiled children of privilege? <p> At least MTV might be getting away from the shitty reality TV stuff, though. That channel hasn't had anything good on since they canceled Daria.