Yesterday, it was reported by Variety that actor Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049, Drive, The Nice Guys) is now attached to lead Universal Pictures’ Wolfman reboot. The film is said to be seeking a director with the new horror film set during present time and expected to take tone cues from the thriller Nightcrawler.
One of the directors in the mix is Bad Education’s Cory Finley.
Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo wrote the film’s script which is based on a pitch from Gosling.
Universal Pictures had attempted to quickly craft their own cinematic universe with the Dark Universe featuring their classic horror characters. They ended up having to scrap the entire thing after the horrible box office and critical reaction to Tom Cruise’s Mummy reboot directed by Alex Kurtzman. Instead, the studio decided to try something different which led to them hiring Upgrade’s Leigh Whannel to write and direct a brand new version of The Invisible Man for them.
Action star Dwayne Johnson at one time was connected for a previous incarnation of the Wolfman.
It will certainly be interesting to see if they’ll employ traditional makeup effects for their new werewolf special effects or cop-out to use CGI visual effects that would lessen the impact of the iconic horror character on-screen.
Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) directed the 2010 film which starred Beneicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and Hugo Weaving.
A timeline of when they plan to begin production or release the Wolfman is unclear at this time.