With the success of the It duology, Andy Muschietti has successfully transitioned from smaller genre films to studio tentpoles in fairly short order. His list of upcoming projects now includes The Flash as well as live-action Robotech and Attack on Titan movies, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to leave his horror roots behind. We are hearing that Netflix is recruiting him for a reboot of a fan favourite ’80s horror franchise that they are hoping to bring to their streaming service. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to That Hashtag Show (and later confirmed by Collider and Deadline), Andy Muschietti is in early talks to direct a reboot of The Howling for Netflix. He mentioned it while hosting a Q&A with the cast of Underwater in Hollywood last week and it is expected that his sister Barbara would produce. The project is still at a very early stage, however, and Netflix has not yet fully secured the rights to the series.
The Howling was directed by Joe Dante and released back in 1981, which was clearly a banner year for werewolf films. It spawned a staggering number of sequels (seven, to be exact), the most recent of which was released in 2011. It is unclear if Muschietti plans to go back to the original novel by Gary Brandner for inspiration, but it supposedly diverges from the original film in many ways. Would you be interested in seeing a new version of The Howling?