Universal Pictures picks up Robert McCammon’s WW2 werewolf novel “The Wolf’s Hour”

A. Quinton — Jan. 10th 2014

As exclusively reported by Deadline, Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to Robert McCammon’s “debonair Russian werewolf serving as a British secret agent in Word War II” novel The Wolf’s Hour.

Chris Morgan Productions will produce a script written by Bradley and Kevin Marcus, brothers who optioned the rights to the 1989 New York Times bestseller the same year the book came out. Further details are nonexistent, but I’m thrilled! This is the most exciting werewolf news I’ve heard in a long time. The Wolf’s Hour was the first werewolf novel I ever read, and it’s still one of my all-time favourites. Here’s the synopsis from McCammon’s web site, if you haven’t read the book:

He is Michael Gallatin, master spy, lover–and werewolf. Able to change shape with lightning speed, to kill silently or with savage, snarling fury, he proved his talents against Rommel in Africa. Now he faces his most delicate, dangerous mission: to unravel the secret Nazi plan known as Iron Fist. From a parachute jump into occupied France to the lush corruption of Berlin, from the arms of a beautiful spy to the cold embrace of a madman’s death machine, Gallatin draws ever closer to the ghastly truth about Iron Fist. But with only hours to D-Day, he is trapped in the Nazis’ web of destruction…

I sincerely hope this gets all the way through development, because this is one film I’d go back to the theatre to see! Thanks again to PDX Werewolf for getting the jump on this.

  • Lew

    Well, I didn’t want to tell you guys but I found this mysterious lamp and rubbed it a few times . . .

  • Lone Wolf

    I remember reading this way back, maybe in Junior High as a kid! I’ll have to dig it out and re-read it I remember it was one of my favorite books and a big influence on my game!

  • Mike Roukas

    The Wolf’s Hour *really* wow’d me when I read it during my college years. McCammon’s gritty-yet-elegant writing style perfectly matches the development of Gallatin’s character, which turns out to be surprisingly sympathetic. I do think that Wolf’s Hour banks on action/espionage convention a bit much, but fortunately convention is used as a tool more than a crutch here. Plus, McCammon’s description of werewolf pack living is the most harrowing and beautiful I’ve ever read.

    I could go on about my early WH fanboyism for a while, but instead I’ll just say that I’m very happy for McCammon and I’m glad that WH is getting this well-deserved limelight!

  • Jason Daugherty

    This is my favorite book of all time. I am so excited that they will be making a movie from it. One thing that has me confused is that in the movie synopsis they talk about Michael seeking a long lost brother. Where are they getting this from. I just recently found out about the sequel that RM wrote and have not had a chance to read it. Is this brother discussed in thaat book or is this just something that they created for the movie.