Less than a day ago we told you about Mark Romanek’s decision to leave The Wolf Man due to creative differences. We also told you that Universal were hoping to get a director quickly. Well, according to AICN they have got a replacement very quickly! Can anyone remember the year 2005, when Matthew Vaughn dropped out of directing X-Men 3, weeks before filming was to being, and then within weeks FOX got Brett Ratner to direct. Well if AICN speak the truth then history may be repeating itself. It seems Brett Ratner is the guy you get when your director leaves at inconvenient times. I echo Harry Knowles’s thoughts by saying that Ratner can make movies that are entertaining and make money. He has proved that with the Rush Hour movies. But Ratner lacks the drama side of things. X-Men 3 was rushed to an extent that you didn’t actually care about the characters. But then again that could be the script.
When I think of The Wolf Man, I imagine similar settings to the recent Sweeney Todd, set in old London. Everything is a bit dark and murky. It is basically a dark drama with the odd bit of action. But when I imagine Ratners version, the women’s corsets suddenly become much tighter around the waist, thrusting the chest upwards. The films run time drops by 45 minutes and the trailer makes it out to be totally different to what we eventually get.
I’ll keep reminding myself this is a rumour until anything is confirmed. If it does turn out to be true, Ratner may surprise us and I know he is a good director for picking things up from where people left them. Time will tell.