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Kevin Feige Was Surprised by Marvel’s Werewolf By Night Idea

Giacchino’s primary acclaim stems from his contributions to musical scores rather than directing. He earned an Academy Award for his outstanding work on “Up” and has provided captivating compositions for numerous high-profile films. His portfolio includes scores for “The Incredibles,” the “Mission: Impossible” series, several “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” movies, numerous installments of the MCU, and the “Jurassic World” franchise, among others. Before taking on “Werewolf By Night,” Giacchino’s directorial experience was limited to a short film titled “Monster Challenge” in 2018 and a 2019 animated episode of “Star Trek: Short Treks.” “Werewolf By Night,” a 53-minute TV special, represented his most significant directorial project to date.

This project was more than just another directing job for Giacchino; it was a dream come true. The opportunity arose when Kevin Feige, a key figure at Marvel, asked Giacchino if there was any Marvel project he wished to direct. Giacchino had a clear and immediate answer. Reflecting on the conversation, he shared:

“I was just talking with Kevin one day and he was like, ‘There’s a lot happening. If there was anything you’d want to direct, what would you want to do?’ […] I remember saying, ‘I like the fringe characters. I like the ones that are off the beaten path because you can do more interesting things with them. So … Werewolf by Night. It was a Marvel comic I had as a kid [and] I loved it.’ He looked at me like, ‘Werewolf by Night? Wow … okay …'”

Choosing to develop “Werewolf By Night” was indeed unconventional. The character isn’t widely known, except among dedicated Marvel fans who appreciate the more obscure elements of its universe. “Werewolf By Night” originated as part of a surge in Marvel horror comics that gained popularity in the 1970s. This era also produced titles like “Dracula Lives!,” “Monsters Unleashed!,” “Tales of the Zombie,” and “The Legion of Monsters.”

Embracing a character that resides on the fringes of mainstream superhero narratives offered unique storytelling possibilities. Giacchino’s interest in less conventional characters allowed him to explore narratives that might not fit the mold of more mainstream superhero stories. This flexibility likely appealed to Giacchino, who has spent his career imbibing movies with his distinctive musical touch.

His transition from music to directing, especially with a project so personally meaningful, highlights a broader trend in Hollywood where creatives are crossing traditional boundaries. Giacchino isn’t just translating stories into music; he’s now crafting the very narratives and visuals that define them. While his directorial portfolio was modest before this project, “Werewolf By Night” served as a platform to showcase his storytelling abilities beyond music composition.

The reception of “Werewolf By Night,” both within and outside the die-hard Marvel community, would offer insight into whether a director known for his musical genius could successfully pivot to visual storytelling. Giacchino’s adeptness with atmospheric and emotional cues in his music suggests he might bring a unique sensitivity to character-driven horror—a genre reliant on mood and timing.

Given the resurgence of interest in horror and supernatural narratives, Giacchino’s choice to adapt “Werewolf By Night” fits both personal inclination and industry trends. This project provided him with an opportunity to blend his talents in music and directing, potentially setting a precedent for similarly multifaceted artists.

Whether “Werewolf By Night” becomes a standout piece in his career or a springboard for future directing projects, Giacchino’s involvement reaffirms the value of passion-driven projects in the entertainment industry. Such endeavors often yield some of the most distinctive and memorable works, precisely because they deviate from the expected path to explore new creative terrains.

Source: Marvel Studios