Universal Pictures monster movies are going through a radical change thanks to the lens of Blumhouse Pictures. Following the success of The Invisible Man and the announcement of a new Dracula film, of which actor Sebastian Stan is very interested in headlining, another classic monster, The Wolfman, is being eyed up by the studio and Hollywood star Ryan Gosling is very interested in headlining the new film.
Variety recently reported that Gosling is set to howl at the moon with this new look Wolfman, and that he approached the studio with the initial ideas for the film, which is rumored to be inline with the style of Dan Gilroy’s modern cult-classic Nightcrawler.
No director has been set yet for the project, but Cory Finley, who recently received rave reviews for directing HBO’s drama Bad Education, is being eyed to take on the project.
This new take on the Universal Monsters is in-line with a move by the studio to make solid-standalone pictures that aren’t tied to any solid concept of a shared universe. Filmmakers including James Wan, Paul Feig and John Krasinski have all expressed interest in working with these classic horror characters, and with The Wolfman moving forward with it’s development we could be in for something very exciting here.
The concept of The Wolfman has been very important to the history of Universal Pictures and the Universal Monsters, first appearing in 1941 with actor Lon Chaney Jr., and which was remade in 2010 with Benicio del Toro.
There’s no clear timeline on how production will unfold on the new film, and no release date for The Wolfman has been set, but we will be following this with plenty of interest as to how it develops.