Universal is showing no signs of slowing down with the successful relaunch of the dark horror universe. With that being said, Ryan Gosling is set to star in the reboot of the iconic horror character, The Wolfman.
Variety broke the news that Gosling is set to be the main star. This new project, titled The Wolfman, is heavily inspired by the legendary 1941 film The Wolf Man, which tells a story about a man who becomes a werewolf.
Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote the hit drama series Orange is the New Black, are set to write the script based on an original pitch by Gosling. In Variety's exclusive reports it states:
"It's unknown what the new take on "Wolfman" will look like, though it is believed to be set in present times and in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal's thriller Nightcrawler with an obvious supernatural twist."
A director has not been chosen yet but Variety reports that Universal has been eyeing director Cory Finley. Finley is known for directing Thoroughbreds and Bad Education, which have received positive reviews.
A Decade Later
Just ten years ago, Universal treated audiences to a reboot of The Wolfman starring Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro, and Hugo Weaving.
The Invisible Man, which hit theaters back in February with positive reviews, earned $122 million at the box office. Following this success, Universal is eager to release more monster universe films. Directors James Wan, Paul Feig, and John Krasinski all pitched characters and stories they want to bring to life. Universal plans to release other films including Karyn Kusama's Dracula, Dexter Fletcher's Renfield, and Elizabeth Banks' Invisible Woman.
With Successes Comes Failures
Despite the upward trend of horror and monster films, there have been recent failures to note. Back in 2017, Universal released The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe. This film was supposed to interconnect the Universal cinematic monster universe, but ultimately turned out to be a box office failure.
Things have been looking more positive for Universal as they are now allowing the filmmakers to tell their own creative stories. We're excited to see what horror movies will follow in the years to come!