Since Universal managed to wipe “Dark Universe” from everyone’s consciousness, and score a hit with The Invisible Man, they’re on to the next one. Apparently they’ve been quietly developing an update of the lupine kind. That is to say, it looks like Ryan Gosling is your next movie Wolfman. Alright, then.
Wait, I Didn’t Forget the Dark Universe
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Yeah, neither did I. But in case you did, here’s the deal. Way back in 2017, Universal intended to relaunch the Dark Universe. It was supposed to be a Marvel-like cinematic universe connected by monster movies. They used this photo, which is definitely not a composite of at least four separate photos, to promote it.
In addition, they scheduled the Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy to go first. And go, it did. Not only did it end up losing Universal around $95 million, but critics also savaged it. (In case you’re interested, Johnny Depp was going to be the Invisible Man, Russell Crowe was Dr. Jekyll, and Javier Bardem was Frankenstein’s Monster. Sofia Boutella was also in The Mummy with Cruise.)
So, the Dark Universe was put back in its coffin until Leigh Whannell brought his own twist to The Invisible Man. Since it was a critical and commercial hit, the Dark Universe is back on, baby. Well, sort of. They still want to make all the monster movies, but this time, they don’t have to be linked.
And Now Ryan Gosling Has A Wolfman Movie
According to sources, an updated Wolfman is also coming. Ryan Gosling, who pitched the story himself, is also expected to star as the titular character, who better be named Lawrence Talbot. Details on the exact story are scant at this point, but we do have a little something. It will be set in modern times, like Invisible Man, and the Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Nightcrawler, as well as the classic 1976 film Network, inspire the vibe. Gosling’s character is reportedly an anchorman who’s infected.
Universal is currently interviewing directors and they already have a script. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who met while working at Wall Street Journal and have written for Orange is the New Black, wrote this new take.
The Wolfman joins other already planned reboots, including James Wan’s version of Frankenstein and Karyn Kusama’s updated Dracula. And as Comic Years‘s resident wolf person, my reaction is, “I mean, I guess.” Ryan Gosling wouldn’t be my number one choice for the quintessential werewolf movie, but it’s fine. Awoo, whatever.
Is Ryan Gosling your number one choice? If not, who is? Let us know on social media or here in the comments.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.