Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Universal Monsters: ‘The Wolf Man’ likely for 2017

Universal is hoping to restore the excitement of the classic movie monsters with some new talent, starting with a 2016 reboot of The Mummy. Now Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is being sought to pen a revamp of The Wolf Man with Dracula, Frankenstein and other projects likely to follow.

Lon Chaney Jr in "Frakenstein Meets the Wolf Man"

Lon Chaney Jr in “Frakenstein Meets the Wolf Man”

THR notes that “Noah Hawley, the creator of the Fargo television series, Aaron Guzikowski, the scribe behind the gritty Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners, and Ed Solomon, the veteran screenwriter behind Men in Black and Now You See Me, have joined Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to act as a writers collective for Universal Studios’ cinematic monster universe.”

Kurtman will be directing The Mummy and  Univsersal now is set on The Wolf Man arriving April 21, 2017.

“Wolfman is one of the studio’s legacy characters. His first screen appearance was in 1941’s The Wolf Man, directed by George Waggner with Lon Chaney Jr. as the man who is cursed to howl at the full moon and Claude Rains as his father….Several lesser movies followed. The character made a splashy return in 2010 with Benicio Del Toro in the title role, Emily Blunt as his love interest and Anthony Hopkins as his father,” summarized the THR.

Two other films, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon, haven’t been mentioned, but were included in the studios’ plans for a Marvel-style film plan to reboot these monsters.


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