Remember the rumors a couple of months back that Universal was contemplating a reboot of THE WOLFMAN? Turns out the rumors are true and Moviehole has the details.
According to Moviehole, Universal is freshening up a discarded sequel script to Joe Johnston’s recent WOLFMAN pic (the one with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins) for use as a springboard for a new direct-to-DVD franchise (no director has been chosen to helm yet). Michael Tabb (one of the many writers who worked on TROY) wrote the original draft, no word yet as to whether he’ll return to do the rewrite.
Moviehole is also reporting that the script will feature the character of Larry Talbot and he will turn into the Wolfman, but that this will have no ties to the recent reboot and will serve as more of a pseudo-sequel to the 1941 Lon Chaney classic. Oh, and apparently Uni isn’t too keen on the WOLFMAN moniker anymore and they’re considering changing the title to WEREWOLF. Get all that?
My question is simple: Why? Universal’s previous WOLFMAN reboot, released wayyy back in 2010, was a pretty big bomb for the company. Rehashing a script that was intended as a sequel doesn’t seem too smart. I mean, if people rejected a period Wolfman pic a year ago, chances are pretty solid they’ll reject a clone. Just saying…