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Baker: Wolfman maker

09.06.2007
Benicio del Toro will get excessively hairy as the titular shapeshifter of the upcoming remake of Universal's THE WOLF MAN. But who'll make him monstrous?

Apparently it's precisely the guy you'd want for the job: multiple Oscar-winning FX guru Rick Baker. The man who so convincingly transformed a tourist into a nightmarish lycanthrope over 25 years ago in AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON will reportedly make a few changes to Benicio's appearance, according to Shock Till You Drop.

Baker's no stranger to werewolves, having also crafted hirsute creatures for CURSED, WOLF, and the 80s WEREWOLF series. He also counts everything from MEN IN BLACK to COMING TO AMERICA to STAR WARS on his filmography, so it's no surprise director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO) wants him for his update of the classic monster movie. The new version of THE WOLF MAN was penned by Andrew Kevin Walker (SEVEN, PANIC ROOM) and should start howling at the moon in December for a late 2008 release.
Extra Tidbit: Original WOLF MAN actor Lon Chaney Jr. played the character in five different movies, which found him meeting Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and Abbott & Costello.

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