Exclusive WOLVES Poster Unleashes the Beast

by     Posted 94 days ago


We’ve got an exclusive new poster from X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter’s feature directorial debut, Wolves, to share with our readers today.  Hayter wrote and directed the horror film, which stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) as a young high school student who realizes that he’s slowly changing into a werewolf.  After the brutal murder of his parents, he sets off to uncover the truth of what he is, only to find there are many more like him—including a young woman named Angelina (Merritt Patterson).  The cast also includes Stephen McHattie and Jason Momoa, and this debut poster teases confrontation among the beastly creatures as well as some solid werewolf design.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Wolves poster.  The film will be released VOD on October 16th and opens in theaters on November 14th.

David Hayter Talks DEVIL’S MILE, Creature Movie Magic, A New Sci-Fi Franchise He’s Developing, BLACK WIDOW and More

by     Posted 130 days ago


With writing credits like X-Men and Watchmen to his name, it can be easy to overlook the fact that David Hayter has also kept quite busy in the acting and voice acting realms as well.  He’s still pushing forward as a writer/director and has his latest directorial endeavor, Wolves, due in the fall, but Hayter also abides by one very important acting rule; if someone asks him to take a part, he’s going to do it, and that’s how Devil’s Mile came up.

Hayter steps in as Toby, a henchman of sorts to an evil crime boss named Mr. Arkadi who orders him and his cohorts, Cally (Maria del Mar) and Jacinta (Casey Hudecki), to kidnap two girls.  They manage to get them, but delivering them becomes the problem due to the rather sinister nature of the route home.  With Devil’s Mile hitting DVD and VOD on August 12th, Hayter got on the phone with Collider to talk about making this movie, a new sci-fi franchise he’s developing, his old Black Widow script and more.  Hit the jump to check it out, but be aware, there are some plot spoilers in this interview. 

“The Key to Our Evolution”: Matt Revisits X-MEN

by     Posted 218 days ago


[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, May 23rd, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

I’ll always have a soft spot for X-Men.  They had a huge impact on my life.  I still remember watching the first episode of the animated series with I was eight-years-old, and from there I went down a very geeky road.  I collected the X-Men cards, constantly tried and failed at drawing X-Men, and even attempted to keep up with the comics, although I could never quite get hooked.  Before the X-Men, I knew Superman and Batman from their live-action series, but the X-Men changed my perception of what superheroes could be and do.

Cut forward eight years later, and the X-Men were now coming to a theater near me.  The mutants were here to save the day and make way for a geekier tomorrow even if they weren’t quite sure how to do it.

X-MEN Writer David Hayter to Adapt Comic THE SWORD for Potential Franchise

by     Posted 1 year, 165 days ago

the sword

Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features are making an early big push with their adaptation of The Sword, a graphic novel by Jonathan and Joshua Luna (aka the Luna Brothers).  Lakeshore and Hopscotch started by hiring David Hayter (X2) to write the screenplay.  The plan is to shoot the first installment in early 2014.  Yes, first installment: The Sword comes in four volumes, enough material for a potential franchise in the eyes of the studios.

The Sword is about a young paraplegic, Dara, whose family is brutally murdered by a group with “god-like, supernatural abilities.”  Dara discovers an ancient sword that belonged to her father that “not only restores her ability to walk, but it grants her a constantly evolving array of spectacular physical powers.”  See the press release after the jump for more details.

First Images and Synopsis from WOLVES, the Directorial Debut of David Hayter starring Lucas Till and Jason Momoa

by     Posted 2 years, 38 days ago


The first images and synopsis for Wolves are now available.  David Hayter (X-Men, X2 writer) makes his directorial debut in this clash of werewolf clans starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). Till stars as Cayden Richards, an 18-year-old who runs away from his perfect life when he turns into a werewolf and slaughters his family. Cayden makes it to the town of Lupine Ridge, where the alpha-wolf Connor and the aging John Tollerman vie for control.

Steve recently had the opportunity to interview make-up supervisor Dave Elsey (X-Men: First Class) who will also be working on Wolves; he calls it “very violent and bloody.” Wolves is currently filming. Hit the jump to see the images and read the synopsis.

Adrien Brody to Antagonize in MOTOR CITY; Jason Momoa to Play the Villain in David Hayter’s WOLVES

by     Posted 2 years, 117 days ago


Everyone loves a villain, especially when those villains are played by Adrien Brody (Predators) and Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian). Brody is in talks to antagonize Gerard Butler (300) in Motor City, a revenge thriller scripted by Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) and directed by Albert Hughes (Fro Hell).  Momoa will star in Wolves, the directorial debut of David Hayter, the writer of 2000′s X-Men. The supernatural flick has Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) going up against Momoa in a battle of werewolves (Good luck, Till).  Hit the jump for more on both pictures.

Make-Up Supervisor Dave Elsey Talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and David Hayter’s Directorial Debut WOLVES; Says ‘It’s Very Violent and Bloody’

by     Posted 2 years, 143 days ago


Shortly after Dave Elsey won the Saturn Award for Best Make-Up in X-Men: First Class (which he shared with Fran Needham and Conor O’Sullivan) I got to speak with him backstage.  We talked about what it was like to work on X-Men with Nicholas Hoult, what the Saturn Awards mean to him, new characters and other rumors for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, and more.   In addition, while I’d heard screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen) was making his directorial debut with an original screenplay called Wolves, I didn’t know much about it.  But with Elsey doing the make-up, he revealed that casting has begun, it’s filming in Toronto, a stunt arranger who works with Jackie Chan has been brought onto the project, and he said:

“It’s very violent and bloody, but it’s less like The Wolfman and actually a lot more like an X-Men kind of movie.  It’s more of a kind of action movie.  Our werewolves…one of the big differences is our werewolves speak in this and they have hopes and dreams like anybody else.”

More after the jump.

Showtime Developing Series Adaptation of Comic Book THE DAMNED

by     Posted 3 years, 118 days ago


The new TV projects just keep rolling in as networks are already starting work on development for next year’s programming season. Today, it’s Showtime coming up to the plate with another new series in development. Deadline reports the cable network is in the midst of adapting The Damned, the comic book written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt. X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter is attached to script the adaptation which will be a modern take on the story which follows a cursed man who is stuck in the middle of a turf war in modern-day Chicago where mobsters are demons. Eddie must play all the angles to keep the warring families at bay while trying to reclaim his soul.

Thank the maker this ended up at Showtime, because it sounds like a show that Fox would cancel after three episodes. I love the mix of organized crime and the supernatural, but the tone and execution would have to be just right in order for it to be a truly dramatic series. Of course, there’s no telling if the project will actually get off the ground, but it’s good to hear Showtime is at least making moves to bring this comic book to life. For a little more on the project, hit the jump to check out a synopsis from the series’ first trade paperback, Three Days Dead.

David Hayter to Adapt DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN Series

by     Posted 3 years, 252 days ago


Screenwriter David Hayter (X2, Watchmen) has been tapped to write the screenplay for the adaptation of Anne McCaffrey’s sci-fi/fantasy series The Dragonriders of Pern. Hayter will adapt Dragonflight, which is the first in a series of novels that began in 1968 and continue to this day. Dragonflight centers on “an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.” McCaffrey had this to say:

“The fans and I have been waiting, not so patiently, for a long time to see Pern and her characters on the big screen. I couldn’t be more thrilled that a writer with David’s tremendous creativity and track record of translating beloved source material into fantastic movies has decided to make this his next epic adventure.”

Don Murphy has come aboard to executive produce the project, which will be an international co-production financed by several distribution partners around the world. No director is currently attached, but production is set to begin in 2012. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book and the full press release.

Summit Entertainment is Developing a TV Version of PUSH With David Hayter Writing and Executive Producing the Pilot

by     Posted 4 years, 335 days ago

dakota_fanning_and_chris_evans_push_movie_image__1_.jpgSummit Entertainment and E1 Entertainment have just announced screenwriter David Hayter is going to write and executive produce a pilot script for a TV version of the movie Push.  Hayter is best known for writing or co-writing Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men.

For those who never saw Push…it’s essentially another version of NBC’s Heroes.  The movie was directed by Paul McGuigan and starred Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou and it made $50 million worldwide.

“The concept behind the Push feature film offers a broad and rich canvas on which to extend the storyline and characters introduced in the feature film,” said Summit Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.  “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace.  The opportunity to do this with our trusted partners at E1 re-enforces that this is the right opportunity to grow Summit’s platform.”

More after the jump:

WATCHMEN Screenwriter David Hayter Heads to DEADWORLD

by     Posted 5 years, 193 days ago

deadworld_comic_book_cover.jpg“X-Men” and “Watchmen” screenwriter David Hayter is going where all lords of geeks must eventually go: to zombies.  Yes, the geek staple of zombies is now going to get the Hayter treatment as he’s adapting the comic book “Deadworld” for his Dark Hero Studios.

According to Variety, “Deadworld” veers from the popular zombie mythology of depicting an apocalypse in which humans are overrun by flesh-eating corpses. “Deadworld” picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. The protagonist is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.

Really?  Because right up until the end there, that’s popular zombie mythology.  That’s “Day of the Dead”, “Land of the Dead”, and “28 Days Later” just off the top of my head.  I think the “unique” aspect they’re trying to convey is that it takes place from the perspective of the zombies.  There’s no word yet on what kind of zombies we’re talking here: fast-moving zombies, braindead zombies, or just the walking undead who are perfectly nice folks except they’re decomposing and want to eat people.

Click Here