Top Editors Brought In to Re-Cut The Wolfman

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

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Of all the big films on the docket for next year, the one I’m most concerned about is The Wolfman. The second trailer for the film looked pretty badass, I’ll admit – but this movie has suffered a plagued production from the get-go. A change in directors, callbacks for reshoots and re-designs in the creature effects… It all points to a studio trying to turn lead into gold through the usual movie alchemy.

Well, the guys over at Slash Film must have magnifying glass eyes, because they spotted something deep-six buried in an article over at Variety, which names editors Mark Goldblatt and Walter Murch as the two guys hired to do a recut of The Wolfman!

This revelation comes without the usual fanfare from the blogosphere that goes with every little development on a major movie – suggesting that the studio is trying to keep the continuing problems with The Wolfman off the radar until they make it to premiere time in February. Sorry guys, we’re still watching…

Murch and Goldblatt come with some pretty strong credentials: Golblatt has cut together films like Commando, Terminator 1 & 2, First Blood Part II, Starship Troopers, Armageddon and X3, while Murch was behind films like The Godfather Trilogy, The English Patient, Talented Mr. Ripley, K-19: The Widowmaker, Jarhead and Cold Mountain. Suffice to say: these are two seasoned vets being put to the task.

I don’t know what kind of mess The Wolfman is in, but I am certain that Murch and Goldblatt working together will result in at least a watchable (if not popcorn entertaining) film. I’m too cynical to expect greatness at this point, but so long as the finished film is better than Jack Nicholson’s 1994 version of the Wolfman story, I’ll be content.

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Bigger worry on my mind: If Wolfman has ended up this big a mess, should we be concerned that the film’s director, Joe Johnston (above), is going to be helming Marvel’s Captain America movie? Johnston’s resume has some real hits on it (The Rocketeer, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji) but it also has Jurassic Park III on it as well… Hopefully whatever problems there are with The Wolfman, they’re confined to the story/script level and the actual film looks as great as the trailers make it out to be.

The Wolfman howls into theaters on February 10, 2010. What do you think about the editors brought in to recut the film? Good sign or bad? And how does all of this bode for Joe Johnston and Captain America?

Sources: Slash Film & Variety

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  1. @Kofi

    I’m nitpicking but I believe it is “alchemy”, “e” instead of”a”.

    I am looking forward to this as well. Being a huge werewolf genre fan I want this movie to do well and be kick-butt.

  2. Of course we should be worried about Captain America. If this guy can’t handle The Wolfman how is he supposed to direct and make gold out of Cap? The Avengers could take a major hit if Cap goes bad.

  3. Harry at Ain’t It Cool News had some set reports recently that pointed out that the crew and cast were divided during production, from Mark Romanek’s departure as director.

    Too bad about this film–it seems like a no-brainer to me.

    One more thing to add to Murch’s credentials: he was one of the first major editors to go non-linear with AVID in 1994/95 (English Patient) and then moved to Final Cut Pro in 2001/02 (Cold Mountain). He’s also a top editor teacher/mentor–his book “In the Blink of an Eye” is amazing, and I hear his lectures are killer, too. He’s also an excellent sound/foley editor.


  4. this film is going to be badass i have been waiting for a updated version of wolfman and the trailer looks great. i just hope they remake the creature from the black lagoon with this type of feel to it make it kinda dark and deep in the amazon with really big taranchulas and snakes,and crocodiles. i saw a concept picture of what the creature would look like on you tube it was some kinda moquet or something but it looked really great.the only films im looking forward to besides these two are steve altens the loch,a remake to resident evil more like the first game,splice,underworld the begining,and some real great killer animal films with good story and acting.we really need more monster films with good story like this wolfman film. we have way to many slasher and ghost stories.bring on the universal monsters.

  5. Is Lon Chaney Jr in this?

    If so I’m there!!!!

  6. Agree with M-Cat.

    Frankly, I’m so sick of vampire movies that this movie could suck Rosanne’s gonads and I’ll still love it out of pure desperation.

  7. (Imo),,,
    The Werewolf saga is boring as hell…
    The trailer did nothing but annoy me for over 3 minutes…
    Oh look he’s changing, whatever! Del Toro looks like a primate anyway,,,
    lifes to short for Wolfman!!!
    Come on!!!! !!!

  8. The second trailer looked badass? No No NO. The second trailer was awful, over edited mess. The first trailer made the film look like an old black and white style horror movie, and I think Joe Johnston deliberately made the film like that. SO this news give me concern that his vision for the film is going to be re edited into a more modern slick flick, which isnt what i was hoping for.

    And Jurassic Park III isnt perfect, but it has its moments.

  9. i really loved the first trailer.

  10. the second was not bad at all.

  11. I fear what this film will turn out like. I’ve seen enough bad films to spot a bad director and if this is anythink like Jurassic Park 3 I will turn off after 5 minutes.