It is no secret now that Universal are planning a kind of Marvel style Universe for their reboots of their classic monsters, and already we have seen Dracula: Untold released to a mixed reception, but with a last minute added scene in the end credits to set up another film.
We already know that The Mummy is the next film in Universal’s monsters franchise, and that film will be released on 24th June 2016, directed by Alex Kurtzman. Billy Rae and John Spaihts wrote the screenplay.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Earlier this month is was announced that Universal had dated a mystery monster reboot for 21st April 2017, and we now know what that movie will be.
Deadline is reporting that The Wolf Man is the next chapter in Universal’s classic monsters reboot franchise, and while no director, cast or synopsis has been revealed, there are reports on who is likely to pen the new film, and it is very good news indeed.
Reports are claiming that Aaron Guzikowski, writer of director Denis Villeneuve’s stunning thriller Prisoners, is hot on Universal’s list to write the Wolf Man reboot.
The original Wolf Man movie released in 1941 starred Lon Chaney Jr. as a man who fends off what he thinks is a wolf attack, only to discover the thing that bit him was actually a werewolf (played by Bela Lugosi). Chaney’s character then transforms into a werewolf himself.
The Wolf Man was also rebooted in 2010, and Joe Johnston directed Benicio Del Toro as the monster, with an impressive cast which included Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. The Gothic design of the film, and the old school feel were superb, but sadly the film was let down by too many writers. It ended up a bit of a mess.
Hopefully the latest reboot will do the original film justice.
And here is what we shared back in July with regards to the Classic Monsters reboot franchise:
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise.
It has not been confirmed whether Kurtzman and Morgan will write, produce or direct, but at this stage the plan is to go about enlisting talent to being the Universal monsters into the modern day of horror, and Universal have even likened their plans to that of Marvel with Disney. I believe the plan is to link the films in some way, and not just make stand-alone films.
Kurtzman and Morgan begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
Last year before the writing pair split, Kurtzman and Orci had been tapped by Universal to revitalise their classic monsters, and even though Orci is now no longer involved, here is what he said last year on the idea:
“There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. [We’re doing] Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake”