Universal and Blumhouse’s attempt to reboot the classic monster movies of yesteryear got some good news and some bad news this week, but is pressing ahead regardless.
It was announced in 2020 following the success of Whannell’s remake of The Invisible Man, that Whannell would also helm a reimaging of 1941’s The Wolf Man. Subsequently, the project grew to include Whannell as producer in addition to writer, quickly followed by Derek Cianfrance as director.
The biggest news attached to the project was no doubt that Ryan Gosling had come aboard to play the lead.
However, the two-fold bad news we must bring you is that both director Cianfrance and star Gosling have exited the project. Gosling will remain aboard as a producer, but has been replaced by Christopher Abbott in the lead role.
However, as previously mentioned, the project will continue to press ahead. To that end, we also have the news that Wolf Man will release theatrically on October 25th 2024, just in time for Halloween.
Currently it is unknown if Leigh Whannell will assume the role of director, as he’d originally planned, but was unable to commit to, or if someone new will undertake the duties. Precious little else is known about Wolf Man, and it will likely stay that way for the next few months as the project finds its feet once again.
Given the recent failure of several attempts by Universal to reboot their Monsterverse, a lot may be riding on Wolf Man. Can Whannell repeat the success of his simplistic approach to The Invisible Man?
Only time will tell, but we’ll be watching every step of the way.