Wolfman is coming, and it stars Ryan Gosling.
Not everyone can get it right the first time, right? Just a few years back, Universal tried to launch a shared universe of their monsters called the Dark Universe. It kicked off with the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy and it failed miserably. Luckily, these monsters can be rather timeless if handled properly, and earlier this year, they tried again with The Invisible Man. Rather than creating a shared universe of monsters, they made a one-off movie that managed to nail that monster in a whole new way.
Now, they are trying to relaunch another beloved monster: Wolfman. Onboard, they have Ryan Gosling set to star. Currently, the studio hasn’t attached a director attached to the flick. However, they have been meeting potentials for the past month or so. HBO’s Bad Education director Cory Finley is currently in the mix, but there is no frontrunner as of yet.
As far as the vision of the film, it looks like they’ll be taking a page from The Invisible Man’s book. By that I mean it will be set in the present-day. Comparisons have been made to the Jake Gyllenhaal film Nightcrawler, with a supernatural twist.
Personally, I think that’s a great way to take the story. The last time they tried to revive Wolfman, it was in the Benicio del Toro-starring film of the late-2000s. That didn’t turn out too incredibly well, and I think it may have had a lot to do with the period setting. I do think it’s a bit weird that they seem to have a vision in place before they have a director, though.
I know it’s not really an uncommon thing for producers to develop their own story and bring on a director to execute it, but it’s a bit odd in this case. The Mummy largely flopped because it was so studio-driven. The Invisible Man worked because it was the vision of a director, and that vision drove the entire concept. With them bringing on a director after a basic concept is hashed out, I wonder if it’ll be hard for them to leave their fingerprint on it.
That being said, there is no script as of yet, so I guess there is still plenty of room for a helmer to do his work. I’m just concerned that, in an attempt to rush out what they think is a cool movie, the studio is putting the concept before the director. We’ll see whether or not this approach will work or if my concerns are even valid in due time.
How do you feel about Ryan Gosling tackling Wolfman for Universal? Do you think setting it in the modern day is the best approach? Sound off in the comments down below!
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