Chris Morgan Claws Up The Wolf's Hour
White fangs! Werewolves! World War II!
More normally found putting words in the mouths of Vin Diesel and Ludacris for the Fast & Furious films, writer Chris Morgan also dabbles in the horror genre, having written the story for upcoming Neveldine/Taylor thriller The Vatican Tapes. But for The Wolf’s Hour, based on the book by Robert McCammon, he’s sticking to producing duty.
The actual legwork (finger-work?) script-wise is being shouldered by Bradley and Kevin Marcus, who took a shot and optioned McCammon’s 1989 book themselves. They wrote a screenplay and got the attention of Morgan’s production company, which in turn led to a deal with Universal.
You can see why the studio might be interested – The Wolf’s Hour is a pulpy blend of World War II adventure and werewolf tale, which finds a man recruited by the Allies to stop a Nazi poison gas plot. He’s signed up because his wolfy abilities give him extra speed, strength and ferocity. He has an ulterior motive, however, as he’s also searching for his long lost brother. Given the studio’s love of its classic monsters, this different take on the hairy favourite clearly held some appeal. There’s no word on a director or any casting just yet.
Morgan is currently busy working on a retooled script for Fast & Furious 7, which is being adapted to account for Paul Walker’s death. No easy challenge – so you can perhaps understand why Morgan might want something else to occupy him while he tackles the Fast feat.