WOLF MAN: Blumhouse And Director Leigh Whannell's Horror Reboot Officially Begins Production

WOLF MAN: Blumhouse And Director Leigh Whannell's Horror Reboot Officially Begins Production

Jason Blum has taken to social media to announced that cameras are now officially rolling on Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell's Wolf Man reboot...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 18, 2024 10:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Wolf Man
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Universal and Blumhouse's Wolfman movie (now known as Wolf Man) went through a hairy (sorry) phase of production late last year, but cameras are now officially rolling on the horror reboot.

Original star Ryan Gosling parted ways with the project back in December, with Christopher Abbott (Girls, Poor Things) taking over as the lead. Not only that, but Invisible Man helmer Leigh Whannell - who was originally attached to direct - is now back on board after his replacement, Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, followed Gosling out the door.

No reason was given for the shake-ups, but with hardly any movement on the project for such a long time, we had assumed that scheduling became an issue. However, there may be a little more to it.

Jeff Sneider has heard that "Blumhouse had been subtly trying to move Gosling off the project for quite a while, as the actor was giving really bad notes and they were getting annoyed.”

It sounds like Gosling may have wanted more creative input in the direction of the story/character than the studio was comfortable with!

Wolf Man was recently given an official release date, and is set to howl into theaters just in time for Halloween on October 25, 2024.

Ozark's Julia Garner will play the female lead.

It sounds like this version of the film is still working off the script by Whannell, Corbett Tuck, Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, but there have been some story changes.

The original premise was said to be a modern-day retelling of the classic tale, and was described as being "in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller Nightcrawler, with an obvious supernatural twist." Gosling would have played an anchorman who is bitten by a werewolf and embarks in some carnivorous lunar activities of his own.

Now, the plot will focus on "a man whose family is being terrorized by a lethal predator."

The "Dark Universe" may be no more, but Universal is still hoping to follow up the success of The Invisible Man with an entire series of films based on the classic monsters. Along with Wolf Man, the likes of Elizabeth Banks' The Invisible Woman, Karyn Kusama's Dracula, and Paul Feig's Dark Army are also said to be in development.


You can check out a synopsis for the 1941 classic below.

"When his brother dies, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney) returns to Wales and reconciles with his father (Claude Rains). While there, he visits an antique shop and, hoping to impress Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), the attractive shopkeeper, buys a silver walking cane. That same night he kills a wolf with it, only to later learn that he actually killed a man (Bela Lugosi). A gypsy (Maria Ouspenskaya) explains that it was her son, a werewolf, that he killed, and that Larry is now one himself."

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marvel72 - 3/18/2024, 10:40 AM
Practical effects should be what they use,CGI transformations are shit.
IAmAHoot - 3/18/2024, 10:44 AM
If he can pull off for this what he did with The Invisible Man, hell yeah! Granted, that movie also came out at a very particular time under very particular circumstances. So, not only did people desperately want new movies to watch, but it was also really darn good. Hard to say if this movie can do as well because of that, regardless of how good it is.
TheVisionary25 - 3/18/2024, 10:48 AM
I have to say , the original Nightcrawler-esque premise sounded more interesting to me then the new one apparently which just seems more generic but we’ll see…

I like Leigh Whannel as a director and the cast of Christopher Abbott & Julia Garner is good so far.

I wish I could have seen the Gosling version and honestly , I wouldn’t be surprised if he was intentionally giving bad notes apparently so he could be kicked off the project (maybe he also originally signed on due to the original premise then this new one?).

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Izaizaiza - 3/18/2024, 10:55 AM
I hope they nail this. We could use a good old school werewolf movie. I agree with marvel72 ...push practical effects
HashTagSwagg - 3/18/2024, 11:00 AM
Haven't seen a decent werewolf film since Underworld 3
Nightmare - 3/18/2024, 12:19 PM
@HashTagSwagg - There's a few good recent ones, but this has an interesting take on Werewolves.
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narrow290 - 3/18/2024, 12:23 PM
@Nightmare - I dug the shit outtta this movie! Legit scary in parts
HashTagSwagg - 3/18/2024, 12:36 PM
@Nightmare - Thanks, I'll give it a loosky
Demigods - 3/18/2024, 7:21 PM
@Nightmare - I'm constantly recommending that movie! I love the movies like this that you find after the fact, that go under the radar. This was actually a REALLY really solid film.
AmazingFILMporg - 3/18/2024, 11:06 AM
This is gonna be amazing 💪🔥♥️
Nomis929 - 3/18/2024, 11:10 AM
Another Wolf man movie? Call me when the MCU is making a 'MAN WOLF' movie.

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Classci cover by the late great GEORGE PEREZ!
SpideyQuad - 3/19/2024, 8:21 AM
@Nomis929 - An all time favorite of mine (with the all time great George Pérez)
SteelGunZ - 3/18/2024, 11:11 AM
Please give me an awesome werewolf movie. I haven't seen one in few years now.
BobGarlen - 3/18/2024, 11:18 AM
Optimism is Cautious but improving. Getting excited.
GhostDog - 3/18/2024, 11:19 AM
Abbot is massively underrated and I think a more interesting choice than Gosling
TheVisionary25 - 3/18/2024, 11:25 AM
@GhostDog - possibly

Again , it seems like he might not be the titular Wolfman though which is dissapinting if that’s the case.

Would have been interesting to see him in that type of role.
valmic - 3/18/2024, 11:22 AM
Invisible Man was really good.
DocSpock - 3/18/2024, 11:24 AM

Maybe we will finally get a good Wolfman movie.

Wolf with Nicholson was okay, but none have ever hit the mark like the classic did.
HammerLegFoot - 3/18/2024, 11:29 AM
@DocSpock - American Werewolf in Paris is a classic
zeon00 - 3/18/2024, 11:59 AM
@HammerLegFoot - need american werewolf in Berlin
marvel72 - 3/18/2024, 12:02 PM
@DocSpock - An American Werewolf In London is great, scared the shit out of me as a kid.

I would love to see how far they have come with practical transformations because An American Werewolf In London is still the best.
DocSpock - 3/18/2024, 12:44 PM
@HammerLegFoot -

I liked that. AW in London too.

DocSpock - 3/18/2024, 12:48 PM
@marvel72 -

Yeah that was great.

Very original take.
dragon316 - 3/18/2024, 11:45 AM
Does every classic monster need reboot popular ones
gremlin22 - 3/18/2024, 12:13 PM
I actually liked the Wolfman movie starring Benicio Del Toro. As for transformation scenes, I thought the one in Werewolf by Night, where you only saw the shadow was pretty cool.
narrow290 - 3/18/2024, 12:25 PM
I'm in the minority here but The Wolfman 2010 with Del Toro wasn't a masterpiece but it certainly didn't deserve all the hate
ObserverIO - 3/18/2024, 1:24 PM
The Invisible Man was excellent so I have high hopes for this one.

They might just get their shared universe after all. You know how? By not forcing it too much. Just make great movies.
ModHaterSLADE - 3/18/2024, 2:13 PM
The Benicio Del Toro movie was disappointing, hopefully this is better.
Biggums - 3/28/2024, 12:06 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - nah that was really good. Slept on for sho
ModHaterSLADE - 3/28/2024, 12:32 PM
@Biggums - NAH
BruceWayng - 3/18/2024, 2:55 PM
I’m still pretty excited for this one despite not hearing anything about it after Goslings departure. I just hope him leaving was due to money or scheduling issues and not bc creative disagreements over the project itself.

Either way, I dig Christopher Abbott He’s been in some really good movies these past few years(Poor Things, Sanctuary,It Cones at Night) plus he was great in Girls

My only concerned that regardless of how good this one is, it most likely won’t be a massive hit now that Ryan Gosling is no longer the lead.

Abbot is a great actor but I don’t think he’s a big enough draw for the general movie going audience., so hopefully the critics get behind this flick. I wanna see more movies like this so I want them to do well box office wise.
Demigods - 3/18/2024, 7:21 PM
So stoked for this! I really hope it's good!
BlackStar25 - 3/19/2024, 7:16 AM
If its anything like Invisible Man...Dis gon be good

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