Wolves

As Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa was the feared leader of a vicious tribe of warriors. As Connor in David Hayter‘s Wolves, he’s pretty much the same thing, only his charges are werewolves instead of horse-lords.

X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till plays the protagonist, a recently orphaned high school student who’s horrified to discover that he’s turning into a wolf. He runs away from home and winds up in a town populated by two warring werewolf factions, one of which is led by Connor. Then he makes the mistake of falling for Connor’s girl Angelina (Merritt Patterson). Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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X-Men and Watchmen scribe (and Solid Snake voice actor) David Hayter has been trying to break into feature filmmaking for some time now, but luck hasn’t really been on his side. He was working on a (pre-Iron Man 2) Black Widow project before Lionsgate hit the brakes on that, and tried for years to land the Watchmen helming gig before Zack Snyder ultimately got the job. When a werewolf thriller titled Wolves was announced back in 2010, it seemed he was finally getting ready to settle into the director’s chair. Then not much was heard about the movie for a couple of years, and we more or less forgot about it.

Hayter’s continued working on the project under the radar, though, and now the first pieces of casting are falling into place. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) nabbed the lead role a few weeks ago, and now he’s being joined by Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Khal Drogo) and relative newcomer Merritt Patterson. Dave Elsey, who won an Oscar for his makeup work on The Wolfman, is on board to design the creatures. More details after the jump.

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If you’ve been avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises, you can come out from under your rock now. Principal photography has been completed so no more set photos will be revealed. One cast member has put up a celebratory photo, though. Who is it? Also, what does Michael Shannon say General Zod won’t look like in Man of Steel? What are five reasons Sony hasn’t been pushing The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Want to know what a Black Widow spin-off movie would have been about and why it didn’t get made? Read about all of this and more in today’s spoiler free Superhero Bits. Read More »

These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Glee releases a promo for its third season
  • Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
  • ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers

Shall we get started?

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I haven’t thought of Anne McCaffrey‘s dragon-infested Pern novels in years, but given the rate at which fantasy properties have been snapped up I’m shocked that it has taken this long for a high-profile writer to be hired to adapt them.

The Pern novels — at least the first ones, such as Dragonflight, which David Hayter has been hired to adapt — tell of a world where humans and telepathic dragons have a symbiotic relationship, the better to fend off the occasional shower of deadly burrowing spores called Threads. It’s an intricately detailed world, with plenty of raw material for a film franchise. But dragon movies don’t have the best track record, and properly putting Pern on screen would be an undertaking akin to making Avatar. Can Dragonflight take off? Read More »

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Sadly, these two movies don’t seem to have simultaneously killed each other in a fight to the death, but regardless: both Hairspray 2 and the Metal Gear Solid movie are dead. At least for the moment. There’s always the possibility of a zombie attack. Details on both after the break — I know you’ll wade through David Hayter’s comments on MGS just to get to the AquaNet. Read More »

David Hayter to Direct Wolves

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David Hayter, writer of X-Men, co-writer of Watchmen and the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games, has been close to claiming the director’s chair more than once. He was in line to helm Watchmen at one point, and almost got a Black Widow film off the ground long before the character was incorporated into Iron Man 2.

Now, Hayter is finally set to direct a film: he’s making a picture for lycanthrope enthusiasts called Wolves. Read More »

Push

Summit Entertainment has announced that they are teaming with E1 Entertainment to develop a television series based on the superhero movie Push. The pilot episode, which will be written by David Hayter, who penned Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men, will be an “extension of the film”, a science fiction thriller, centered on people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a corrupt government agency.

I always thought that Summit had a good concept with Push, but the film was just poorly executed. So I’m excited to see how the tv show turns out. I can’t imagine it ending up worse than Heroes, and for all intents and purposes, a Push television series will be a Heroes 2.0 — let’s see if they can do it right this time around. Read the full press release, after the jump.

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