The script for Blumhouse Pictures’s remake The wolf man with Ryan Gosling in the lead role is still in development, says producer Jason Blum. The Wolfman is one of the most iconic of Universal Monsters, having first appeared in the 1941 film starring Lon Channey Jr. was a box-office bomb.
After Universal tried to restart their monsters’ property with the critical and cash control in 2017 The mummy, they scrapped their plans for their cinematic universe called the Dark Universe. The studio decided to make stand-alone horror stories, the first being the 2020s The invisible man, which was a box office and critical success. Hot off success study reteamed The invisible man director Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum to make another monster property, The wolf man, who had already 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 wolf man. The successful horror producer says they are waiting for the script to be just right for star Ryan Gosling, one that the actor feels comfortable with. Ryan Gosling is very involved in The wolf man when the film was green-lit from his pitch to Universal Pictures. Blum said:
“Wolfman, we’re also working on the script, have to get the script, right. In that case, it’s Ryan Gosling … But working on trying to get a script that he’s comfortable with and is comfortable with and excited about.”
The wolf man is one of many projects based on Universal Monsters that the studio has planned. Eternities director Chloé Zhao develops a sci-fi western Dracula film in the studio, while a separate Dracula project from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman based on the supporting character Reinfeld is under development. Elizabeth Banks is set to instruct The invisible woman, which has no connection to the already released Invisible man. James Wan is working on a new version of Frankenstein. In the meantime, Toy Story 4 The Josh Cooley director has live-action / animated hybrid Small monsters which will be aimed at a younger audience.
Gosling’s involvement with The wolf man was a surprise to many as the actor has tended to avoid big franchise IP-driven movies in favor of character-centric stories like First man or original properties such as Drive and La La Land. Gosling has been considered for a number of high-profile films, including The Lonely Ranger, 2017s Beauty and the beast, The Joker i Suicide Squad, and the Sinister Six movie, Sony developed. Gosling starred in Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to a very influential film, and Gosling himself has never expressed any disinterest in franchise films. Considering he hit The wolf man for Universal, it seems he is very passionate about this particular project.