It seems we are reaching the height of vampire hysteria, with a spoof film set to come out later this year (always a sure sign a fad has reached its end) and genre experts like Neil Gaiman claiming the extreme popularity of the fanged undead has reached its prime.
The real question is: What’s next? With the Jacob-centric “New Moon” coming out in only three short months and a pilot presentation order from the higher-ups at MTV for a remake of "Teen Wolf," it seems like werewolves might get their shining moment of glory.
If vampires have become the embodiment of beauty and sexual desire — with conduits to the audience like Bella Swanand Sookie Stackhouse used to having their stories feel relatable — then werewolves are the outsiders from the group, but are in many ways relatable unto themselves.
"[The 'Teen Wolf' remake] has a fresh take and is very different from the original," said Liz Gateley, senior vice president of MTV series development, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "It has more of an 'American Werewolf in Paris' feel to it. It's a dramatic thriller with two best friends in the center who provide a great comedy element: They are two very relatable characters on the outer circles of popular cliques."
The original "Teen Wolf," which hit theaters in 1985 and starred "Back to the Future" heartthrob Michael J. Fox, told the story of high school student Scott Howard who, while struggling with the pains of being "average," discovers he is anything but when he transforms into a werewolf. THR reports the MTV series will also be set in high school, but will draw more from the horror genre to explore the mythology of werewolves and will also include a romantic plotline.
While it’s hard right now to picture a world without the Cullens or Bon Temp, La., it is easy to see the transition from vamps to werewolves over the next few years. All the moon howlers need is that one story to catch on ... and a hunk like Taylor Lautner (or whoever is chosen to play Scott Howard in the MTV remake at the helm)!
What do you think of this new series? Will you watch?