No director has been attached to the project as of yet, but it seems all but official now that Ryan Gosling will be our new Wolfman. I’m down with this, totally. The guy is a fine actor and he can capture that brooding, haunted quality the role demands. And considering they previously were talking about casting The Rock in the role, I couldn’t be happier that they picked Gosling. (I love The Rock. I do. Acting-wise, the guy has improved tremendously over the years, and he has a genuine talent for Comedy. But he is all kinds of wrong for the part of the Wolfman.) The film will be set in the present day, just like the recent THE INVISIBLE MAN. Everything I’m hearing sounds good. I just hope they don’t rely too much on the CGI for this one. Practical werewolves just work better.
It’s surprising, really, just how quickly the concept of the “Dark Universe” recovered after the failure of the new THE MUMMY a couple of years back. I suspect it’s because these new Universal Monsters movies are low-budget, relatively speaking, and are thus not considered that much of a gamble. The sparkling success of THE INVISIBLE MAN guaranteed that we’ll get plenty more of its sort. All they have to do now is keep the momentum going and keep the bar of quality as high as it has been set. Casting Gosling is a step in that direction, for sure.