WOLF MAN Reboot Loses Star Ryan Gosling; POOR THINGS' Christopher Abbott Steps In As Lead

WOLF MAN Reboot Loses Star Ryan Gosling; POOR THINGS' Christopher Abbott Steps In As Lead

Universal and Blumhouse's planned Wolf Man movie has made a few changes, and Ryan Gosling fans will likely be howling mad (sorry). Christopher Abbot is now set to play the lead in the horror reboot...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 14, 2023 07:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Wolf Man
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We first heard that Ryan Gosling (Barbie, Drive) had signed on to star in Universal and Blumhouse's Wolfman reboot (now seemingly known as Wolf Man) back in 2020, and updates have been practically non-existent since.

Now, THR is reporting that the actor has parted ways with the movie, and Christopher Abbott (Girls, Poor Things) is set to take 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 no 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 has also been given an official release date, and is set to howl into theaters just in time for Halloween on October 25, 2024.

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.

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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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BrainySleep
BrainySleep - 12/14/2023, 7:32 AM
Sounds like Blumhouse weren't feeling the Kenergy
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 12/14/2023, 7:45 AM
First, I'm really looking forward to this. That said, what does this mean: "the actor was giving really bad notes and they were getting annoyed.”

clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 12/14/2023, 8:06 AM
@Izaizaiza - It usually means that he wanted to make changes to the character or to the story ("what if the wolf man loved to eat hotdogs?" or "I don't think he'd attack the villagers here, maybe he could break into song?") and, because he's the star, they have to at least act like they're considering those changes to keep his ego intact.
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 12/14/2023, 8:14 AM
@ClintThaHamster - Gotcha. Thanks
AleSir19
AleSir19 - 12/14/2023, 4:18 PM
@ClintThaHamster - In Hollywood this is really complex...

Like the main actor and the director of the film both go Out at the same Time.

I would say this is Classic case of "creative differences". Where both of them didn't like where things were going.

And like this is Hollywood they didn't had the power to make any changes.

This happens a Lot un Hollywood with big budget films.
C3K
C3K - 12/14/2023, 8:04 AM
Underrated actor and a much better fit, IMO
McMurdo
McMurdo - 12/14/2023, 2:21 PM
@C3K - I completely agree. Catch 22 was incredible. And Invisible Man was fantastic.
IronMan616
IronMan616 - 12/14/2023, 8:06 AM
I thought that was Jon Snow.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 12/14/2023, 8:15 AM
Not mad about it. Abbot is one of the most underrated performers in Hollywoood today. His bag is deep.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 12/14/2023, 8:55 AM

Ooh boy, been a while.

I guess it's time for another bad wolfman movie.

TheShape9859
TheShape9859 - 12/14/2023, 9:23 AM
I'd love to start a new monster universe at Universal and have the films set in 1930s/40s. Release them in both color and black and white for those that love classic black and white monster movies such as myself. All these new, modern horror/monster movies just aren't that good...thr latest Invisible Man was ok, but everything else has been trash.
narrow290
narrow290 - 12/14/2023, 9:48 AM
I cant wait for this. I loved the 2010 Wolfman
EternalMikeHunt
EternalMikeHunt - 12/14/2023, 11:26 AM
I trust Blumhouse. Will this be a regular good horror movie? Or will PETA be involved? Maybe a WolfFemale will save the lead somehow.Will the Wolfman be portrayed as a misogynistic flesh eater?
NinnesMBC
NinnesMBC - 12/15/2023, 12:58 AM
Always nice to see new faces be entrusted with these projects than the usual ones we know and I like much better the latest summary too.
dracula
dracula - 12/15/2023, 1:18 AM
Honestly keep big stars out of these movies, go with smaller names and genre actors

We saw what Tom Cruise did to the Mummy

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