Werewolf. There Wolf. Word on the street is that Ryan Gosling is the new Wolfman for Universal Pictures.
There has been a serious under-appreciation of the werewolf on screen over the years. While the horror sub-genre has delivered some undeniable classic films, it has never truly connected with mass audiences in the way that vampire movies have.
The last time Universal Pictures attempted to bring The Wolfman to the screen was in Joe Johnston’s ill-fated Benicio Del Toro starrer in 2010. That film had a slew of changes including release date shifts, reshoots and behind-the-scenes bickering with the director and the studio. In fact, before the film even shot a frame the original director Mark Romanek jumped ship over budget quarrels with studio heads. Budgeted at $150 million, the film banked less than $140 million globally.
Now following the critical and commercial success of The Invisible Man, the studio is closing-in on a director for the film which will see a new interpretation of the famed Universal Monster first made famous by Lon Chaney Jr. in 1941. It is believed that the film will have the same tone as the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Nightcrawler – but with added hair. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo wrote the script for the new film, which is based on an original pitch by Gosling.