EW Staff
June 17, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Reimagining a beloved classic like Teen Wolf is no easy task, especially when even before a frame of footage is seen, a vocal majority of your intended fans will claim that you are not only defiling the original but desecrating the name of Michael J. Fox. So how did we approach making Teen Wolf into a TV show? By learning a few crucial lessons from people a lot smarter than us.

Speed It Up
J.J. Abrams, Star Trek
Abrams gave his reboot a serious shot of adrenaline. If Shatner had turned every corner of the Enterprise as fast as Chris Pine, he would have been gasping and crumbling to his knees. We did the same. Van surfing and the wolf dance have been sacrificed for acrobatic wireworked fights, breathless chases through the woods, and werewolf hunters firing wolfsbane-laced bullets in the dark.

Make It Scary
David Cronenberg, The Fly
Anyone remember that it was Geena Davis in this great horror remake who first spoke the words ”Be afraid. Be very afraid”? We did. And we added bodies torn in half, arrow-pierced flesh, and enough terrifying werewolf killings to hopefully make both Cronenberg and Brundlefly proud.

Give It Depth
Ronald D. Moore, Battlestar Galactica
Moore turned a cheesy late-’70s Star Wars knockoff into a brilliant allegory for the conflict in the Mideast. That kind of depth may be out of the reach of a show about teenage werewolves, but there might be just enough pain in adolescence and first love to at least give it a shot.

Get Serious
Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins
When Batman & Robin brought the beloved DC hero back to the full-on camp of the ’60s series, Nolan changed the tone to serious and rebooted Batman in a way that made us all fans again. We haven’t forgotten the fun and humor of Teen Wolf, but we’ve certainly gotten serious about the scares and the drama.

Cast the Hell Out of It
Martin Campbell, Casino Royale
Who the heck is Daniel Craig? That’s what we all asked before the reboot of Bond came out. Now everyone knows Craig, who stepped out of Connery’s shadow by deftly making the role his own. We’re hoping Tyler Posey, a relative unknown like Craig, can do the same.

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