Remember when The Mummy (2017) was going to launch the Dark Universe for Universal Pictures? No. Anyone remember the movie at all? It’s the one without Brendon Fraser. No? Nothing?
There was a plan to have all of the classic universal monsters re-launched for today’s audience. Back in the day, Universal owed all the good monsters, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, Abbott and Costello etc.
The Mummy, with Tom Cruise, failed to make an impression on anyone. However, The Invisible Man (2020) did better and gave a little hope for Universal with their Dark Universe plan.
In the same style as The Invisible Man (2020), they are planning a new version of The Wolfman. Ryan Gosling has been cast as the main character and it will be directed by Derek Cianfrance, known for things like A Place Beyond the Pines, The Sound of Metal and Blue Valentine.
There’s an interesting difference between The Mummy (2017) and The Invisible Man (2020). The Mummy tried to be an action movie, like a reboot of the Brendon Fraser version.
The Invisible Man was more of psychological horror, like the original movie of 1933 with Claude Rains. The main difference was it was more focused on the victim Cecilia, played by Elisabeth Moss.
Since Cianfrance is known for character development, it might be interesting the way The Wolfman plays out. It might be more interesting to see if they will set it in the same universe as The Mummy or The Invisible Man.
At the moment, that’s all we know about Wolfman, as more cast is added, we’ll let you know.