Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Chris Morgan, the screenwriter behind most of the Fast and the Furious sequels, is now producing a new film for Universal. The studio with the richest horror movie legacy of all will make The Wolf’s Hour, based on a 1989 novel. The story is set in WWII, and sees the Allies using a lycanthrope to infiltrate occupied Paris in order to stop a Nazi attack on London.
Bradley and Kevin Marcus optioned the novel on their own a while ago, says Deadline, and scripted the take that set this deal in motion. Here’s the plot of the book, originally by Robert R. McCammon:
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.
McCammon is a well-regarded author, and there’s actually quite a lot of praise for the book, though we can’t predict whether or not the qualities that readers prized will translate to the screen. It’s not a small story, and hopefully the fact that Universal is letting Morgan run with it can be taken as implication that the studio might be willing to commit the proper budget.Cool Posts From Around the Web: