The screenplay for the Blumhouse Pictures remake The werewolf starring Ryan Gosling is still in development, said producer Jason Blum. Wolf Man is one of Universal’s most iconic monsters, having made his first appearance in the 1941 film starring Lon Channey Jr. In 2010, a remake with Benenco Tel Toro in the title role opened in theaters after a very troubled production with negative reviews and was a box office bomb.
After Universal tried to revive ownership of their monster with critical failure and at the 2017 box office The Mummy, they abandoned their plans for their cinematic universe called Dark Universe. The studio decided to do standalone horror stories, the first being 2020. The invisible Man, which was a box office and critical success. Building on the success that the studio has gathered The invisible Man director Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum to make another monster property, The werewolf, who had previously secured actor Ryan Gosling for the lead role.
In an interview with Collider, producer Jason Blum confirmed that they are still developing a script for The werewolf. The successful horror producer says he’s waiting for the script to be perfect for star Ryan Gosling, who the actor feels comfortable with. Ryan Gosling is very involved with The werewolf because the film had the green light of its pitch at Universal Pictures. Blum said:
“Wolfman, we’re also working on the script, we need to get the script, right. In this case, it’s Ryan Gosling …
The werewolf is one of several projects based on the Universal Monsters that the studio has planned. Eternals director Chloe Zhao is developing a sci-fi western film Dracula at the studio, while a separate Dracula project from Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman based on Reinfeld’s supporting character is in development. Elizabeth Banks is about to direct The invisible woman, which has no connection with the already published Invisible Man. James Wan is working on a new version of Frankenstein. During this time, Toy story 4 Josh Cooley’s director has the live-action / animated hybrid Little monsters which will target a younger audience.
Gosling’s involvement with The werewolf came as a surprise to many, as the actor tended to shy away from big IP franchise movies in favor of character-centric stories like First man or original properties like Drive and La La Land. Gosling has been considered for a number of high profile films, including The Lone Ranger, 2017 The beauty and the Beast, The Joker in Suicide Squad, and the Sinister Six movie that Sony was developing. Gosling starred in the lead role of Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to a very influential film and Gosling himself has never expressed a disinterest in franchise films. Since he launched The werewolf for Universal, it seems he’s very passionate about this particular project.