Is The Wolf Man the next Universal monster reboot?

Universal target a writer for their upcoming Wolf Man remake but which film will come first?

Lon Chaney on The Wolf Man
Lon Chaney on The Wolf Man

Universal are continuing to develop their upcoming slate of monster movies, and they’ve got a writer in their sights on take on The Wolf Man.

Deadline reports that Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the excellent Prisoners, is being courted to retell the story of the unfortunate Larry Talbot and his carnivorous lunar activities.

It’s worth noting that this is a rumour; the site uses the phrase “I’m hearing” and the story is part of a larger story about the studio building universes, but with Alex Kurtzman’s take on The Mummy on the way, and Dracula Untold occupying a slightly uneasy “is it or isn’t it?” part of the new franchise, it makes sense for a new Wolf Man film to howl at the moon.

Still, the biggest problem might be the recent reboot directed by Joe Johnston and starring Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins. That film had a difficult production (original director Mark Romanek left the project) and was not considered a success, despite its obvious good intentions. It’s obviously still early days for this new Wolf Man, but is it too soon?

If true, this does mean that we can cross The Wolf Man off the list of films that Fargo‘s Noah Hawley could potentially be writing after he was hired for an unnamed Universal monster movie. We still think he’d be a great fit for The Invisible Man. Still, there’s a 2017 release date being held for one of them…

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