Universal Rebooting The Wolfman; New Werewolf to Be Directed by Louis Morneau
07.08.11 by BJSprecher
Despite The Wolfman receiving scathing reviews and failing to earn back its production budget even when taking into account international ticket sales — meaning, it lost a ton of money because marketing costs are not figured into the production budget — Universal is not giving up hope that it can somehow capitalize on the furry-faced member of its "Classic Monsters Library."
Initially, Universal was going to move ahead with a sequel to director Joe Johnston's 2010 remake with a script by Michael Tabb. However, last month the studio revealed that it was going to have Tabb rewrite the script into "an original film." Now, it's been confirmed that Universal will reboot the franchise and that it will continue under a new title, Werewolf. Director Louis Morneau (Bats, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead) has been hired to helm the new movie.
Like Johnston's The Wolfman, Universal's new movie draws inspiration from the 1941 movie The Wolf Man by director George Waggner. The movie starred classic horror actor Lon Chaney, Jr. as Larry Talbot, who returns to his ancestral home in Wales to reconcile with his estranged father, Sir John Talbot (Claude Rains), following the death of his brother... only to be bitten by a werewolf while trying to save a young woman being attacked by the monster. The bite causes Talbot, himself, to transform into a werewolf on the first night of the full moon. He then goes on a killing spree that ends only when his father bludgeons him to death with a silver-tipped walking stick.
Casting for Werewolf is expected to begin shortly. The movie could go into production as early as this fall.