Taking the sting out a bit of the Halloween Kills delay news, Universal and Blumhouse are bringing in The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell in to direct yet another reimagining of a Universal Monsters character. The Wolfman will star Ryan Gosling, and will be produced by Blumhouse head Jason Blum. Whannell will write a treatment for the new Wolfman, based on an idea he had from the original 1941 film. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo will write the script for the update, and Universal is fast-tracking the production now that they have a big team behind it. Deadline was first with the news.
This Wolfman Should Be Incredible
Home run. Home run all around Universal and Blumhouse, you can go ahead and start the victory lap now. Could you ask for a better production team in Hollywood right now? Whannell is a go-to director in the biz right now, after turning the $7 million Invisible Man into a $100 million hit. Gosling is one of the most sought-after actors on the planet, and Jason Blum and Blumhouse know how to turn in a film on budget and keep the cost down. On a monster pic like this that is going to be crucial. Other more expensive werewolf pics were a disaster budget and gross-wise. If anyone can bring Wolfman back to prominence and at a low-risk, it is these guys.
Finally, it is happening. The Universal Monsters have lie dormat in their crypts and swamps for too long, and now they are being let out to play. Thank god the Dark Universe failed, or else we may have never gotten to this point with Universal taking a rightful step back to figure out what needed to be done. I don't know how soon this new Wolfman can come out, but personally it cannot be here fast enough.