Production Begins on Universal's Untitled Wolfman Reboot
Posted 10.31.11 by Ryan
Universal Pictures gained in prominence during the 1930s and 40s, in no small part due to their classic monster movies such as 1931's Dracula and 1941's The Wolf Man. With vampires and werewolves finding themselves in more romantic fare in current movies and TV shows, Universal still attempted a re-imagining of The Wolf Man last year, however, after becoming a disappointment at the box office, the movie didn't exactly kick-start a new movie franchise.
Or did it? Undaunted by the critical and financial failure of The Wolfman, the studio announced plans of a reboot in July, altering their plans of sequel into what appeared to be a direct-to-DVD second reboot titled Werewolf. Steven Bauer (Scarface) announced last month that he and several other actors had already been cast for the movie and that he was heading to Romania to shoot it in a few days". Bauer was maybe a few weeks off on the start date, but Universal has finally announced the start of production on what they are calling — get ready for it — Untitled Werewolf Thriller.
A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Untitled Werewolf Thriller, Universal Studios' all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of supernatural thrillers. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast's fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother's (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he's closer to his target than he ever dreamed.
In the press release, Universal General Manager and Executive Vice President Glenn Ross called Untitled Werewolf Thriller a "timeless story that is an essential part of Universal's legacy."
Universal introduced the movie-going public to the "creature feature" more than a half century ago. Today, audiences are once again enthralled by supernatural creatures in books, on television and in movies. Audiences young and old will enjoy this completely new take on a timeless story that is an essential part of Universal's legacy.
That "timeless story" will be directed by straight-to-DVD director Louis Morneau (Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, The Hitcher II), and is scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-Ray in time for Halloween 2012.