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Leigh Whannell Will Direct Wolfman Update

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BY July 9, 2020

Just over a month after I found out that Ryan Gosling is our next Wolfman–you know, when I took the news magnanimously–we now have another important update. Leigh Whannell, fresh off The Invisible Man, will direct it. Probably. Here’s what we know so far about a Leigh Whannell Wolfman.

The Leigh Whannell Wolfman Story Will Be Different

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Despite initial reports, which indicated that there was already a story and script in place, that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Deadline, Whannell will be using his own idea for the story. However, Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo will still write the script, as sources originally told Variety.

Those sources also believed that the story would be something akin to Nightcrawler and Network. Gosling would play a news anchor who came down with a bad case of lycanthropy. Instead, at this time, we have no details on what the story will be. All we know at this point is that the 1941 Wolfman will inspire Whannell’s take. It’s likely, though, that like The Invisible Man, this new Wolfman will be set in modern times.

American Werewolf in Traffic

Despite the forward motion on the movie, it’s obviously unclear as to when they could begin filming. Whannell is in pre-production on a reboot of Escape from New York, as well as a TV adaptation of his film Upgrade. First Man star Gosling, meanwhile, is going back to space. He’s the star of Project Hail Mary, a movie based on the upcoming novel of the same name from The Martian author Andy Weir. And of course, lurking in the background of all our planning, is a global pandemic.

Along with Whannell, Blumhouse has joined the project as well. They will produce the film. Blumhouse, of course, has a first look deal with Whannell that has produced seven projects so far. And now this one. Again, awoo or whatever.

So what do you think about Leigh Whannell joining the Ryan Gosling Is: A Wolf Person movie? Howl gently at me in the comments or on our social media.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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