A new ‘Wolfman’ film is on the way from Universal Pictures, with production set to be accelerated by the studio after confirming new partners in front of and behind the camera.
Ryan Gosling is set to play the lead in the film inspired by the 1941 classic The Wolf Man. The Oscar-nominated star of La La Land will also be taking on a vital role behind the scenes as one of the film’s key producers.
Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049.
Horror fans will be excited to learn that Jason Blum’s famed horror production house Blumhouse has also boarded the project, with the group acting as producers in a similar deal to that which saw them control production on behalf of Universal for 2020 breakout horror hit The Invisible Man.
According to Deadline, in a story retweeted by Jason Blum himself, the production is currently in advanced negotiations to re-team with The Invisible Man’s director Leigh Whannell (Upgrade). It is thought that the film will be an original idea based on a treatment of the 1941 film that Whannell himself has written, with ‘Orange is the New Black’ pair Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo set to put the screenplay together.
This news concludes a prolonged pursuit from Universal and Blumhouse to attach both director and star to this project, and furthers the redirection of Universal’s so-called “Monsterverse” from its failed Universe reboot that started and ended with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in 2017.
The 1941 film The Wolf Man told the story of a logical scientist infected with a disease that transformed him into a werewolf, and while it is unknown how much of that story will be borrowed in this adaptation, the base premise of the original film is expected to be present in this latest version titled Wolfman.
Blumhouse recently came to prominence producing the Oscar-winning hit Get Out and a number of other critically successful films including Halloween (2018) and M. Night Shyamalan films Split (2016) and Glass (2019).
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