After this year’s smash hit of Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, it’s no surprise that Universal is looking to go full steam ahead on a reboot of its most iconic Wolfman franchise with Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys) currently being eyed to star and the search for a director narrowing down, according to Variety.
The outlet reports that executives at the Hollywood studio have been meeting with directors this past month in hopes of making a decision on who will helm the project, and though there is no one filmmaker currently leading the pack, Bad Education‘s Cory Finley is reportedly one of the directors in talks to take on the job.
Gosling himself was reportedly eyed to helm the project and direct at one point, which would’ve marked his second venture behind the camera after 2014’s Lost River, but after talks with the studio, both parties agreed it would be better for the Oscar nominee to remain in an actor position.
The film, based on a pitch from Gosling himself, is set to be penned by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebeca Angelo, known for working on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and though details on the plot are unknown at this time, it’s believed to be set in modern day and follow in the footsteps of the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer Nightcrawler.
Gosling’s project marks one of a few in which the studio is looking to help bring to life after the financial and critical failure of its attempted interconnected franchise, Dark Universe, which began with the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy. With the studio looking to focus on more character and filmmaker-driven projects rather than major franchise fare, they are currently working with Paul Feig for a crossover horror comedy Dark Universe, as well as taking pitches from James Wan and John Krasinski for other adaptations of their classic monster library. While the original Dark Universe was still in play the studio was previously courting Dwayne Johnson to portray the Wolfman.
Do you think Gosling is a good choice for the Wolfman? let us know in the comments below!
For me personally I can’t help but to look back at the 2010 version of The Wolfman, which starred Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving. The film was a remake of the classic 1941 film of The Wolfman. Which had a budget of a $150 million and made 142.7 million dollars and you take a third of that away since it goes to the movie theaters and it comes out to be 47.7 million dollars and that tells me it barley made it’s money back and didn’t break even to make a sequel.
My only question is this what does a Wolfman movie with Ryan Gosling look like? Are they going to go with a 2020 modernized version of The Wolfman; or are they going to go with the more classic 1941 look again? For me I think it would make more sense for them to make it for a 2020 audience, so that it can connect in with The Invisible Man. Universal has been trying to get their Dark Universe off the ground twice with Dracula Untold and The Mummy which were both misfires, but with the success of the Invisible Man it looks like things are off to a great start with Universal’s classic monster movies shared universe.