LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - MTV's reinvention of the 1985 movie "Teen Wolf" is inching closer to reality.
The cable network announced the project in January as part of its development slate. After seeing the script, MTV brass have picked it up as a pilot presentation.
The film starred Michael J. Fox as a teenager who discovers he is a werewolf. The MTV version will be set in high school, draw from the horror genre to explore werewolf mythology and include a romantic plot line.
"It has a fresh take and is very different from the original," said Liz Gateley, senior vp MTV series development. "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 new "Wolf" was written by "Criminal Minds" creator Jeff Davis.
The '80s continue to be hot at the broadcast networks, with contemporary remakes of the feature "Parenthood" and miniseries "V" set to launch next season on NBC and ABC, respectively, and series in developments based on the films "St. Elmo's Fire" (ABC) and "Heathers" (Fox).