Nicholas Pekearo’s “The Wolfman” novel gets a film deal

A. Quinton — Apr. 4th 2014

Deadline reports that a film version of Nicholas Pekearo’s “werewolf cop uses curse to kill criminals” novel The Wolfman is in the works.  The novel was up by Macmillan Entertainment and Everest Entertainment Group, who are working with Pekearo’s mother to develop the novel into a screenplay. Pekearo was a NYPD Auxiliary police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2007. “The Wolfman” was his first novel, and was published in 2009.

I bought a copy of The Wolfman when it came out and never finished it because… well, I didn’t think it was a very good book. I feel like a jerk for saying this about the posthumous debut of a murdered hero, but to me it read like satire written by someone who didn’t really like the subject he was satirizing. I would love to think that if I had given it a few more pages I would have “gotten” Pekearo’s angle and enjoyed it, as so many of its reviewers did. Okay, how about this: I hope the film adaptation cuts through the cliches that distracted me, does well enough to spin off into a TV series, makes Pekearo’s family a million bucks, and culminates in a six-episode cross-over with WolfCop. From what I’ve read about him, I think that would have pleased Pekearo.

  • Lew

    Werewolf cops should be a genre.

  • Antonio Jones

    This is one of the best werewolf/wolfman books I have ever read. I was really upset to here that Pekearo passed away before it even came out.

  • I like that you liked it! I will definitely have to give it another chance.

  • Baeroth

    Just gotta say, it IS one of the best werewolf books I have read too. (That’s not quite fair, since I’ve only read a couple–I prefer short stories more–but The Wolfman is one of those books I’d like to read again.)

  • Hooded Justice

    I understand why the novel has its fans, but I’m not one of them. As far as I’m concerned, Pekearo never did surmount the cliches that caused you to (rightfully) put it down in the first place. Worse yet, the moment the villain appears on the scene it’s so painfully obvious he’s the villain that I kept hoping against hope Pekearo had some sort of twist up his sleeve, but he did not.

  • Matthew Roper

    Another Werewolf cop book series that should be made into a movie or tv show is the Nick Lupo Wolf’s Trap series.

  • Satchmo

    Does anyone read anymore? The main character is not a cop.
    He is a Vietnam war vet drifting from town to town. His beastly alter ego
    kills just about anyone he cares about. He really is a monster.
    I like it.