For years and years and years and years, I've wondered why author Robert McCammon wasn't being adapted left and right by Hollywood (it was the subject of this editorial). His novels are ripe for the screen (just like Richard Laymon's novels, another untapped source of goodness). Now comes news that McCammon's "The Wolf's Hour" has been picked up by Universal.
Chris Morgan Productions will shepherd the project for the studio.
The novel was first published in 1989 and was optioned by screenwriters Bradley and Kevin Marcus who penned the script picked up by Morgan Productions. Here's the original synopsis when the book was first published (courtesy of McCammon's site).
It is 1944. A message from Paris warns Allied Intelligence of something big in the works—something which might have serious implications for D-Day. The only way to get more information from the agent in Paris—now closely watched by the Gestapo—is to send in a personal courier.Russian émigré Michael Gallatin is picked for the job. In retirement as a secret agent since a grisly episode in North Africa, Gallatin is parachuted into occupied France, on a mission which will take him to the festering heart of the Third Reich on the scent of doomsday.
As a master spy, Gallatin has proved he can take on formidable foes—and kill them. As a passionate lover, he attracts beautiful women. But there is one extra factor which makes Michael Gallatin a unique special agent—he is a werewolf, able to change form almost at will, able to assume the body of a wolf and its capacity to kill with savage, snarling fury.In the madness of war, Gallatin hunts his prey—ready to out-think his opponents with his finely-tuned brain. Or tear their throats out with his finely-honed teeth….
The Wolf's Hour is a novel by Robert McCammon—master of horror fiction—which breaks the mold of the werewolf novel. It is a remarkable tale of pulse-pounding excitement and a fascinating, complex, and compelling portrayal of the werewolf as noble warrior and conflict-torn being.
McCammon revisited "The Wolf's Hour" territory recently with the anthology book "The Hunter from the Woods."
I'm telling you, his stuff needs to get adapted and adapted right. "Stinger" would make a great series for Showtime or Cinemax. "Boy's Life," "Mine" (which Frank Darabont wanted to do), "They Thirst," "Baal"…all great stuff.