TADFF14 Interview: Filmmaker David Hayter discusses Wolves

DavidHayter David Hayter makes his directorial debut with the action-thriller Wolves.  Hayter is best known as an actor and voice-over artist, particularly as the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series. He is also known for writing the screenplays for X-, The Scorpion King, X2: X-Men United, and .  In advance of the North American premiere of Wolves at the 2014 Toronto Dark Film Festival, I sat down with Hayter to discuss the film. According to Hayter, the idea of Wolves came about when he was approached by producers with a werewolf story. Even though it was an idea he was not really keen about, it did get him thinking about the genre. I started talking to some friends about it and I had a lot of people tell me I would like to see a werewolf movie. So, I started about thinking about Is it possible to make one and I started analyzing some of the problems that some of the earlier films have had and trying to figure out if we could do it in a different way. One of the ways that Wolves differs from other films in the werewolf genre is that is away from the concept of the werewolf being a monster that needed to be destroyed. This film is about is a kid who discovers that he is one these creatures, but instead working to destroy the creature within himself, he is learning to control it, he is learning to it. Hayter describes Wolves as an action film, rather than horror, featuring a heros journey, which deals with the issues of that come with adolescence. Its about that nature that we encounter in ourselves when we start to become men, when we go from 17, 18 and youre dealing with issues of sex and violence and and all of those things, which you need to learn to control. In explaining the simple and generic title for Wolves, Hayter mentions that the films working title was Slaughters Road and that it was hard to come with a title for a werewolf film, which described what the film was, without coming off as stupid. Slaughters Road, I liked as a title, but it didnt explain that it was a movie. When I came up with Wolves, I just thought that was so definitive, and its a cool word, that it would probably work for us as a title. In terms of the make-up in the film, Hayter wanted to make sure the creature designs in the film were individually sculpted and executed to reflect the actors personalities. We wanted to make sure that each one was a character; that each ones creature depiction reflected who they were as people and that when they were wolves that the actors still came through; you still feel the power of , or Lucas Till, or John Pyper-Ferguson. In a final comment about the film, Hayer talks about underestimating the sex appeal of star Jason Momoa: I didnt really appreciate how attractive he is, until I saw him walk into the office one day and the women in the office just tend to fall over dead behind him. So yeah, Jason has an enormous amount of sex appeal and he does make a pretty sexy werewolf. Stay turned for my review of Wolves, which will be posted later today.

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