David Hayter to direct werewolf thriller

Lucas Till will star in werewolf thriller “Wolves,” with David Hayter helming from his own script in his feature directing debut.

Copperheart Entertainment, French financier-sales agent TF1 Intl. and Telefilm Canada will co-finance “Wolves,” set to shoot in Toronto this fall.

Copperheart’s Steve Hoban is producing; Benedict Carver, Steven Paul and Hartley Gorenstein exec produce.

Entertainment One has acquired Canadian rights to the film. The producers will handle sales rights in the U.S., the U.K. and Benelux while TF1 Intl. will handle the rest of the world.

Till will portray an 18-year-old who’s forced to hit the road after the death of his parents and finds his way to an isolated town to hunt down the truth of his ancestry — giving rise to the question of who’s hunting whom.

Hayter is aiming to start an original franchise that avoids the cliches associated with werewolf films. Igor Studios’ Dave Elsey, who created Beast for “X-Men: First Class,” is designing the original creatures for “Wolves.”

“This is a story that is close to my heart and a film that I hope will be a departure for the genre,” Hayter said.

Hayter’s writing credits include “X2: X-Men United,” “The Scorpion King” and “Watchmen”; he is an actor who voiced Solid Snake in the Konami videogame franchise “Metal Gear Solid.”

Till starred in “X-Men: First Class” and is starring in espionage thriller “Paranoia” alongside Liam Hemsworth. He has filmed “Stoker” for Fox Searchlight, “Crush” for Intrepid Films and indie project “Dark Hearts.”

Hayter is repped by UTA and attorney Dave Feldman. Till is repped by APA and managed by Tom Sullivan.

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