Monday, December 22, 2008

Bitchin': "Superman Returns" and "X2: X-Men United" Scribe Brings Werewolf Women to TV

According to this morning's Hollywood Reporter, Michael Dougherty ("Superman Returns," "X2: X-Men United," as well as an upcoming "Charlie Chan" movie -- sweet) is developing a television show for Fox entitled "Bitches." At first glance, one might think this title refers to a "Housewives of X Community" style show. One would be wrong in this case, as this show is a Dramedy about the lives of four female friends in New York...who happen to be werewolves.

Ah...the sweet smell of high concept. It makes me feel all warm inside. This is the kind of idea that fuels my geek metabolism.

I love the idea of combining "Sex and the City" with "Werewolves." Gretchen Berg, who has worked on "Women's Murder Club," "Roswell," "Wonderfalls" (bold intentional), and "Pushing Daisies" will be helping Dougherty develop the show. As will her writing partner Aaron Harberts.

A good high concept premise doesn't guarantee a good show, one could easily see this premise slipping too much into "Housewives of the Wolf Pack" or "Sex in the City in Heat" territory. But when judging whether or not a particular show/movie/book will succeed in entertaining me, I often look to see if the author/creator and I have shared interests of any kind. In this case, Dougherty has written two "slasher" style horror movies. I am often entertained by the genre. Check. He wrote "X2," which I really liked and wrote "Superman Returns" which has moments that perfectly capture the character. It also has moments like Superman as dead beat dad that are problematic, but...he's also working on a Charlie Chan film which might mean he shares my love of the pulp. So...check. He was also the voice of Hooper and Quint in Jaws in 30 Seconds Re-enacted by Bunnies. Check.

That makes three things he has worked on, and thus likely has an interest in, that I too enjoy. Looks good to me. The only way I might be more likely to give the show a try is if Dougherty was in my bi-weekly D&D group.

Next task, see if Dougherty would be willing to do a Geekerati Episode.

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