One of NBC’s biggest assets is Universal’s collection of classic movie monsters. You know the gang, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein‘s monster, The Mummy, The Invisible Man. The list goes on and on.
The peacock network has already turned one of its most famous monsters, Dracula, into a contemporary TV show with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (read our review). Now, they’re looking to bring The Wolfman to the small screen.
Deadline reports NBC is in the process of developing a TV adaptation of The Wolfman based on the 2010 feature film starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. (You would be forgiven if you don’t remember that movie, which was both a critical and box office flop.)
According to the Deadline article, “The show is described as a supernatural thriller that explores what it means to be a man and to be human. It centers on Lawrence Talbot, who is afflicted by an ancient curse and jacks into the powerful, primordial soul of the alpha-predator.”
The project is being headed up by Daniel Knauf, who is also the executive producer and showrunner of Dracula. There’s no word yet on whether Knauf will take a similar route with The Wolfman as his current show, which pumps up the sex appeal and puts a more modern spin on the classic story. However, given Dracula’s steadily declining ratings, maybe that isn’t the best direction.
Despite Dracula‘s declining ratings, Grimm continues to perform well for the network on Friday nights, so it’s understandable why NBC is pursuing more supernatural-focused series. This could be a potential Plan B if Dracula ends up getting canceled. Werewolves have also worked for other networks – namely, Teen Wolf on MTV – so it’s not as though there isn’t any precedent for werewolves, television, and success.
What do you think about a TV adaptation of The Wolfman? Would you be interested in a weekly series about a werewolf in the vein of NBC’s Dracula? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant as more information on The Wolfman becomes available.