Universal is looking to expand its monster-verse with a rebooted spin on Wolfman, with Ryan Gosling reportedly being eyed for the lead role.
According to Variety, who first reported the news, Universal’s next monster movie could be Wolfman, with the studio pushing for Ryan Gosling to star.
The news comes after the success of Leigh Whannell’s The Invisble Man, which showed off the new approach Universal is taking with regards to its monster movies.
The studio had originally planned for an interconnected universe that would utilize its unique and varied catalog of monster IP. However, after Tom Cruise’s The Mummy remake was a dud with critics and viewers, the studio decided to change instead move forward with filmmaker-driven projects rather than laying the foundation for an interconnected universe.
That approach led to the success of The Invisible Man, which went on to make $122 million on a $7 million budget at the theaters. It likely would have made more, but the film was released early on digital download due to COVID-19 related theater closures.
Reportedly, Ryan Gosling’s vision for the Wolfman movie aligned with Universal’s vision for its monster movies.
Variety reported that executives at Universal have been meeting with directors over the past month. Though there’s currently no frontrunner to direct Ryan Gosling, it’s been floated that Cory Finley, who recently helmed HBO’s drama Bad Education with Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, is reportedly one of the names being floated by top executives to direct the Wolfman remake.
Orange is the New Black writers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo penned the script for the Wolfman movie, which is based on an original pitch by Ryan Gosling.
Though we don’t know any details yet about what Ryan Gosling’s Wolfman remake might look like, sources close to the production describe it believed that the film will be set in the present day and will be similar to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler, though it will obviously have a supernatural twist to it.