Universal’s The Wolf Man remake brings on new writer

The Expendables writer joins Universal’s Wolf Man reboot

It’s been a little while since there was any news from Universal’s reboot of their monster movie universe, beyond the occasional paparazzi picture from the set of The Mummy, but it looks like there’s some movement on The Wolf Man.

THR reports that Dave Callaham has been brought on rewrite the scipt written by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, The Red Road, Contraband). Callaham is probably best known for writing the first The Expendables movie, but he’s got plenty of genre experience too. He worked on the script for videogame movie Doom (hey, come on, it’s fun), patchy Dennis Quaid horror Horsemen, Edgar Allan Poe adaptation Tell-Tale, and he was one of the writers who worked on Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.

He’s also got a very busy upcoming slate, including that Jean-Claude Van Damme Amazon series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Jo Nesbø remake Jackpot (starring Bryan Cranston and Mila Kunis), and the long-promised Zombieland 2.

Now, The Wolf Man is one of the Universal movies which doesn’t currently have a star attached. Tom Cruise is leading The Mummy, which will feature an appearance from Russell Crowe as Dr Henry Jekyll (who’ll presumably get his own movie at some point), and Johnny Depp is set to star in The Invisible Man.

The other films in their plan, including Dracula, Frankenstein and The Bride Of Frankenstein are also yet to be cast, although we guess there’s a chance that they’ll stick with Luke Evans from Dracula Untold, seeing as that underwhelming origin story had a half-hearted little epilogue that left the door open just wide enough to be part of the new universe if people liked it…But who would we want to see as The Wolf Man? It’s been a while since Benicio del Toro’s take…

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