Channel Seven are to start showing the US hit “Teen Wolf”, premiering the first week of July. Based on the 1980′s movie of the same title, it’s a supernatural drama that is darker and sexier than its predecessor. It’s the story of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), who was just a regular guy until one bite changed his life forever.
One night while in the woods, with his very funny best mate Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), he is attacked by a wolf. He escapes the attack with only a bite to his side, but later starts to notice some changes in himself. His sense of hearing, sight and smell are heightened and his lacrosse abilities dramatically improve.
Returning to town is Derek Hale (7th Heavens Tyler Hoechlin), a guy who left mysteriously 10 years earlier after the death of his family. Who is and what is Hale? Becoming a mentor to the young Scott, the two form a “brotherhood”. Also in town is the new girl Allison who captivates Scott immediately. But will her family stand in the way of true love?
Now as he struggles to understand who he is and what he might become, Scott will try to control his urges, while protecting his true identity. Will the bite end up being a gift? Or will it be a curse? Only time will tell if he should embrace his newfound powers, or if he should fear them.
Even though it’s based on the Michael J Fox film, there are little similarities, beside the title, a sport and several character names. The original was a comedy that focused on the teen stardom of the wolf and his basketball success after inheriting his ‘abilities’ from his father. It was kitsch and cute
The TV version, is edgier, bloodier and a lot sexier, and a lot more like “Twilight”. Yet don’t let that detract from it. Even though the producers want to stay away from that, there are similarities that can’t be avoided.
First we have a young, dark and brooding werewolf, running around bare chested in only jeans. We have a forbidden love and Tyler Posey who plays the lead, was the original Jacob cast in the vampire movie franchise. Taylor Lautner replaced Tyler after he had already been cast.
Overall, a very good move by Seven, as it is airing only a month after it’s MTV debut in the USA. It was released to mixed reviews, but strong ratings that have continued to grow each week.