In the early days of the film industry, one of Universal Pictures’ biggest claims to fame was its horror movies. Introducing moviegoers at large to classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal’s early horror output is still highly-regarded by fright flick historians to this day, and is in many ways considered required viewing for anyone who dares dub themselves a fan of the genre.
Released in 1941, Universal’s original Wolf Man film starred genre legend Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot, a man seeking to reconnect with his estranged father following the death of his brother. While back at his ancestral hometown in Wales, Talbot saves a young woman from an attack by a werewolf, and – as one would now expect after decades of such films – soon finds himself turning into a murderous lycanthrope once the moon is full. While arguably surpassed in quality by later efforts such as An American Werewolf in London or The Howling, The Wolf Man remains one of the benchmarks of werewolf cinema, and looks unlikely to lose that mantle anytime soon.
In 2010, Universal attempted to remake The Wolf Man for the modern age, with Benicio Del Toro in the lead role, acting opposite Anthony Hopkins. Unfortunately, the remake was met with tepid at best reviews, and underperformed at the box office. In a small silver lining, the film’s make-up effects still ended up winning an Oscar. With Wolf Man (2010) now firmly in the rearview mirror, Universal is preparing to resurrect Larry Talbot once again, this time as part of its planned classic monsters universe. To that end, the studio has tapped Expendables writer Dave Callaham to pen the script for this latest iteration of the story, according to The Wrap.
In addition to his work on The Expendables, Callaham also wrote the story for Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot, as well as the screenplay for 2005’s Doom movie starring The Rock and Karl Urban. He is also signed on to write the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. Callaham is taking over for Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the first draft of Universal’s latest Wolf Man.
The Wolf Man will follow Universal’s latest attempt at The Mummy, which is set to kick off the monsters universe. That film will be directed by Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writer Alex Kurtzman, and star Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe as the leads. It remains to be seen just how many cues Universal’s monster universe will take from their progenitors, as the projects are not expected to be straight horror films, and will instead lean more toward the action/adventure genre.
The Wolf Man is in development, and has no current release date.
Source: The Wrap