Cast Members Announced for The Wolfman Reboot
Posted 09.18.11 by Ryan
Universal is one of the few studios that has become financially conservative in these tough, economic times, passing on or rejecting big-budgeted projects like Ron Howard's adaptation of The Dark Tower series and director Guillermo del Toro's R-rated adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness. But if there's one thing Universal won't give up on, it's a reboot of 1941's The Wolf Man.
Despite not even earning back its budget on last year's The Wolfman, Universal has given the thumbs up to a second reboot, titled Werewolf. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Initially, Universal was planning a sequel to The Wolfman, but after it bombed at the box office (ironically forcing the studio to shut the door on The Dark Tower and At the Mountains of Madness months later), the sequel was salvaged into the now-reboot of Werewolf.
With Benicio del Toro not likely to return for Werewolf, director Louis Morneau (Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, The Hitcher II) is looking for a new cast and, according to a Moviehole interview with Scarface's Steven Bauer, the actor claims there are already a few cast members confirmed, including Bauer himself.
I’m going to Romania for a film, to do a film. So, I’m going to do a film for Universal, actually. You’ll hear about it soon. It’s an untitled werewolf project. What I could say is that Stephen Rea is already casted. The great Irish English actor, Stephen Rea is in the film. And another American who’s maybe… Another American, Ed Quinn is in it too.
So, I’ll go up in Romania in a few days. I’m leaving for five weeks in Romania. I don’t know the director quite yet, because they’re sending him this week. And it’s a Universal project, and it’s kind of hush-hush right now. So, what I do know is that I’m going. [chuckle] I’m going and I know my role. [chuckle] So, I play a hunter. I don’t play a werewolf.
Not to seem too disparaging, but it sounds like Universal is creating a quickie, direct-to-DVD feature out of Michael Tabb's script. We hope we're wrong, but one sure sign is Morneau, who hasn't directed a movie that was released into theaters since 1999's Bats.