Werewolf western? That is the sort of genre peanut butter and jelly that just works. Right? Guillermo Del Toro and Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid) sure think so. Their as of yet untitled project focuses on just that.
While speaking on Collider’s The Witching Hour podcast, Lopez talked about why she has decided to direct a western that features werewolves, and the direction she wants to go to keep it from being silly.
“There’s a bunch of werewolf movies indeed, but very few of them are really good. A lot of them are a lot of fun but very few of them are really good, and even less scary. Because there’s something naturally scary about a man or a woman that is trying to contain a monster and then that monster exploding, and that’s what I’m fascinated with. How you can’t repress what you really are, what’s inside you. But that said, it can be incredible goofy to turn into a large dog, so it’s tough. And there’s amazing examples of when it’s well done like Ginger Snaps or American Werewolf in London or Howling I think, but it is a tough genre and you have to be very careful for it to not be stupid, downright stupid.”
Well, consider us really excited. Lopez’ work on Tigers Are Not Afraid is precise and mesmerizing. It will be interesting to see what her and Del Toro come up with during the creative process.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about a “werewolf western”? Let us know in the comments section. If you haven’t checked out Tigers Are Not Afraid, you seriously should.