Universal didn’t seem to have a fun time making The Wolfman, which starred Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins. Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) bailed on directing due to “creative differences”, which lead Universal to hire Jurassic Park 3 director Joe Johnston less than a month before filming was scheduled to begin (Johnston later revealed he only took the job because he needed the money).
Production problems caused the movie to be pushed back several times, from November 2008 all the way back to February 2010, and the end result was a bashing from critics and only $140 million at the worldwide box office (the budget was $150 million). Now Universal may be about to try again by giving our hairy friend a reboot.
From Movie Hole:
Universal were considering doing a sequel to the recent – god awful – ”The Wolfman”, which featured Benicio del Toro as the sharp-clawed Talbot – that’s no longer the case. Michael Tabb’s script is being rewritten and reworked to be an original film – almost a reboot of the classic Universal monster movie series.
If anything, this new film – they’ve yet to decide on a title though I hear “Werewolf” is popular -will share a link to the original George Waggner film (from 1941) rather than Joe Johnston’s ill-fated 2009 remake.
The site goes on to say the movie is likely to start shooting later this year and the studio is talking to potential directors over the upcoming weeks. This reboot isn’t needed at all, but it may be worthwhile depending on the director.