Deadline is now reporting that the next film in Universal’s Monster Slate will be The Wolf Man. According to the site, Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) is writing the movie.
Back in the day, Universal Pictures was the king of the monster mountain. Their stable of classic monsters, from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Lon Chaney Jr’s Wolfman, from Boris Karloff’s iconic Frankenstein to…Boris Karloff’s iconic Mummy, and more, Universal cornered the market on Hollywood monsters. From standalone films, to crossovers, to Monster v Monster movies, one could easily argue that they established the blueprint that modern day comic book films are now so eagerly adopting. So it makes sense now that Universal is looking around at what their rivals at Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, and Fox are doing and saying, “Oh, yeah? You want to talk about your ‘cinematic universes’? Well, we’re going to relaunch the granddaddy of’em all. OPEN THE MONSTER VAULT!”
We’ve known for some time now that the studio has tapped Alex Kurtzman (who helped relaunch Star Trek– a series that was considered DOA on the big screen) and Chris Morgan (who helped revamp and take the Fast & Furious series from “done” to one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises) to shepherd a new slate of inter-connected films based around their classic roster of monsters. We’ve also known that their opening salvo in this bid to revive the old school creatures would be Kurtzman’s The Mummy, which is set to lurk into theaters on June 24, 2016. But now we know when we can expect the follow-up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second film in this new franchise will come out just 10 months later on April 21, 2017. No word yet on which creature will take center stage in that one, but one has to imagine that they’re going to steer clear of Dracula for a while- to allow for the stench of Dracula Untold to fade. Could it be The Invisible Man? An old school take on Frankenstein? A new attempt at a classic Wolfman? (Such a shame that the Benicio del Toro remake was a misfire.) We shall see.
For now, we can just accept this news as proof that Universal is moving full speed ahead with these projects, announcing this second creature feature long before the first has even gone before a lens.