Back in 2020, it was announced that Ryan Gosling would be starring in a reboot of the 1941 classic The Wolf Man for Universal Pictures. Blumhouse Productions came on to produce the project soon after, with their The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell signing on to take the helm. When Whannell left the project the following year, Gosling’s Blue Valentine and Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance came on board. Then Gosling and Cianfrance both stepped away from Wolf Man earlier this year. But that wasn’t the death knell for the project. In fact, we have just learned that it’s moving full steam ahead, with Whannell back at the helm and Christopher Abbott (Possessor) set to star in the film, which is aiming for an October 25, 2024 theatrical release!
Abbott is taking on the role of a man whose family is being terrorized by a lethal predator.
This project first got rolling when Gosling pitched this take on the concept of The Wolf Man to Universal, and his idea was then fleshed out into a screenplay by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, a writing duo that previously worked on Orange Is the New Black. (Blum also happens to be married to Blumhouse founder Jason Blum.) At the time, it was said the story was “believed to be set in present times and in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller Nightcrawler with an obvious supernatural twist.” The final version of the script is credited to Blum and Angelo, as well as Whannell and his wife Corbett Tuck.
Wolf Man is coming our way from Blumhouse and Motel Movies, with Jason Blum producing. Gosling receives an executive producer credit alongside Ken Kao, Bea Sequeira, Mel Turner, and Whannell.
I’m a big fan of Gosling, so I’ll always be disappointed that he didn’t stick to the idea of starring in Wolf Man through the production, but Abbott is a fine replacement and I look forward to seeing what Whannell will do with the concept. I thought he did a great job with The Invisible Man.
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