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Universal recruits the writer of The Expendables to pen The Wolf Man

10.13.2016

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Universal seems set on making a splash with their rebooted Universal Monsters franchise as they've been pulling out all the stops in order to gather up a large group of major stars. Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp and Dwayne Johnson have either been attached to a monster flick or have been rumoured to be, which gives you a bit of an indication of the star power they're after. One of the many reboots taking place in Universal's new franchise will be THE WOLF MAN, and THR reports that there's been a bit of a shift behind-the-scenes.

Dave Callaham (THE EXPENDABLES) has been recruited by Universal to rewrite the script for THE WOLF MAN, following in the footsteps of Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) who wrote the first draft. Callaham has also worked on GODZILLA, ZOMBIELAND 2 and created John Claude Van Johnson for Amazon. We're still not quite sure what to expect from THE WOLF MAN but earlier this summer there were rumblings that Universal was hoping to bring Dwayne Johnson on-board. There's been no further developments on that front but it would certainly be fitting given that Universal has been leaning towards giving these movies the action/adventure spin rather than leaving them in the realm of straight horror.

Universal last attempted to remake THE WOLF MAN back in 2010 with Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins, but due to many last-minute shifts behind-the-scenes, the final product wound up being a frustrating movie which wasn't nearly as good as it should have been. The studio has clearly been investing quite a lot of time and money in their new Universal Monsters franchise and we can only hope that it will pay off. Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella will lead THE MUMMY, the first installment of the new franchise (not counting DRACULA UNTOLD), which hits theaters on June 9, 2017.

Source: THR

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1:29AM on 10/14/2016

Kinda wierd but OK.

Go ahead and get Stallone too. He'd be a great Wolfman.
Go ahead and get Stallone too. He'd be a great Wolfman.
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12:46AM on 10/14/2016
Oh, if only I could believe in this. It makes perfect sense to get the Expendables guy, actors like Sly, Arnold, and Dolph were the Universal Horror characters of their day with fewer cross-overs. That's not to say in terms of Gothic Horror it's at all wise. I'd rather see one lovingly-crafted ode to a Universal Horror icon than seven half-baked movies with overlapping characters. The Bride was maybe the only iconic character that existed in another character's movie. Otherwise they all had
Oh, if only I could believe in this. It makes perfect sense to get the Expendables guy, actors like Sly, Arnold, and Dolph were the Universal Horror characters of their day with fewer cross-overs. That's not to say in terms of Gothic Horror it's at all wise. I'd rather see one lovingly-crafted ode to a Universal Horror icon than seven half-baked movies with overlapping characters. The Bride was maybe the only iconic character that existed in another character's movie. Otherwise they all had their own individual films before they started mixing and matching, and only did that for the combined box-office take (why the Expendalbes parallel fits).
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10:33PM on 10/13/2016
I really hope Dwayne Johnson doesn't sign on. Other than his over exposure, he's all wrong for the character. They need a character actor who is more known for being dramatic than action oriented.

Would love to see Del Toro have another chance, but if not then I would think Michael Shannon or Joaquin Phoenix would be perfect.
I really hope Dwayne Johnson doesn't sign on. Other than his over exposure, he's all wrong for the character. They need a character actor who is more known for being dramatic than action oriented.

Would love to see Del Toro have another chance, but if not then I would think Michael Shannon or Joaquin Phoenix would be perfect.
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4:19AM on 10/16/2016
But Henry cavil is a good choice for Aladdin lol!
But Henry cavil is a good choice for Aladdin lol!
10:10PM on 10/13/2016
I loved the Del Toro/ Blunt Wolfman... I'm probably one of the only ones but I thought it was great. Hate that everything gets remade every five years...
I loved the Del Toro/ Blunt Wolfman... I'm probably one of the only ones but I thought it was great. Hate that everything gets remade every five years...
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2:46AM on 10/14/2016
Watched it on Blu Ray the other day, what a beautiful and underrated film, I love it and consider it as being one of the best werewolf flick out there, easily. And I love the jack the ripper nod with Abberline investigating the case.
Watched it on Blu Ray the other day, what a beautiful and underrated film, I love it and consider it as being one of the best werewolf flick out there, easily. And I love the jack the ripper nod with Abberline investigating the case.
8:01AM on 10/14/2016
Definitely. Loved the atmosphere of this film. I think when movies have production issues people are too quick to write it off.
Definitely. Loved the atmosphere of this film. I think when movies have production issues people are too quick to write it off.
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