The script for Blumhouse Pictures remake of The Wolfman starring Ryan Gosling is still in development says producer Jason Blum. The Wolfman is one of the most iconic of the Universal Monsters, having first appeared in the 1941 film starring Lon Channey Jr. In 2010, a remake starring Benenco Tel Toro in the title role opened in theaters after a very troubled production to negative reviews and was a box-office bomb.
After Universal attempted to relaunch their monster’s property with the critical and box-office failure of 2017’s The Mummy, they scrapped their plans for their cinematic universe called the Dark Universe. The studio decided to do stand-alone horror stories, the first being 2020’s The Invisible Man, which was a box office and critical success. Hot on the heels of the success, the studio reteamed The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell with producer Jason Blum for another monster property, The Wolfman ,. Ryan Gosling was already signed up to play the lead role.
In an interview with Collider, producer Jason Blum confirmed they are still developing a script for The Wolfman. According to the successful horror producer, they are still waiting for the perfect script for Ryan Gosling. One that the actor is comfortable with. Ryan Gosling was very involved in The Wolfman after the film was approved by Universal Pictures. Blum stated:
“Wolfman: We are also working on script, got to get it right. Ryan Gosling is the one in that situation. But he’s still trying to find a script that makes him feel good, comfortable and excited about. “
The Wolfman is one of many projects based on the Universal Monsters the studio has planned. Eternals director Chloe Zhao is developing a sci-fi western Dracula movie at the studio, while a separate Dracula project from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman based on the side character Reinfeld is in development. Elizabeth Banks will direct The Invisible Woman ,, which is not connected to the Invisible Man . already released. James Wan is currently working on a new Frankenstein. Toy Story4 Josh Cooley, director of Little Monsters is currently working on a new Frankenstein.
Gosling’s involvement with The Wolfman was a surprise to many, as the actor has tended to avoid big franchise IP-driven films 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’s Beauty and the Beast, The Joker in Suicide Squad, and the Sinister Six film Sony was developing. Gosling did star in the lead role of Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to a highly influential film and Gosling himself has never expressed any disinterest in franchise films. Given he pitched The Wolfman to Universal, it appears he is very passionate about this particular project.