After the huge financial and cultural success of the Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock (1970); filmmaker and political activist Michael Wadleigh spent many years in Hollywood writing scripts that were never produced. However, Wolfen (1981), loosely based on Whitley Strieber's bestselling book was green-lit by Orion Pictures in 1979. Wadleigh would never complete another major motion picture again. This is the story of that film, but it is also a very real story on the world we live in today. Thoughtful, tragic, lyrical and eerily prophetic, Wolfen is a film awaiting rediscovery.
Stewart Buck, Bucks Green Films
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Wolfen started principal photography in October 1979 and wasn't finished until shortly before its July 1981 premiere in the U.S. Due to the legal case of director rights (the longest directors guild case up to that point), the film suffered massive delays after Wadleigh left the film in December of 1980 and was completed by the producers and director John D. Hancock filming inserts. See more