With their Hills and Tila Tequilas, MTV has never really been considered a leading network when it comes to scripted TV shows. But they’re trying because back in January it was announced that the music network was putting together a reboot of the 1980s classic Teen Wolf for the small screen, and we’re even closer as the pilot is on it’s way.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series will be a direct remake of the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox about a teenager who learns that he comes from a long line of werewolves.
“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 London’ 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 series will be written by Jeff Davis, who created the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. The show will be produced by the individually successful team of Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and Rene Echevarria (Castle). No word on casting yet, but with MTV behind the pilot, you can expect to see a hot new name riding the roof of a van and getting covered in fur.
On top of Teen Wolf, MTV is expanding their scripted TV department with a remake of the popular-yet-raunchy U.K. series Skins about a group of teens growing up and living life tot he fullest. Somehow, the latter show sounds more like MTV’s style than a teenage werewolf.