Ryan Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance are set to reunite for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse latest monster project ‘Wolfman.’
Having previously worked together on the thriller ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ and ‘Blue Valentine’, the pair will work again on the modern take on the story about a man who is bitten and transforms into a werewolf.
The Invisible Man filmmaker, Leigh Whannell was previously attached to direct the monster feature. Cianfrance will also write a new version of the script.
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“Horror movies were my first love — my entry into what cinema was capable of narratively, psychologically and aesthetically,” Cianfrance commented. “Coupled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ryan again, this is truly a dream come true.
The original ‘The Wolf Man’ debuted in 1941 with Lon Chaney, Jr., in the title role. The title character has had a great deal of influence on Hollywood’s depictions of the legend of the werewolf.
The film is the second Universal Pictures werewolf film, preceded six years earlier by the less commercially successful ‘Werewolf of London’ (1935).
After a disastrous start to the Dark Universe with the Tom Cruise led ‘The Mummy’, Universal dropped the idea of an interlinked Monster universe and subsequently saw Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions take the gauntlet to push things forward with on their revamped monster catalogue.