The Dark Universe died an unglorified death after the failure of the remake of THE MUMMY. Then, in what seems like the twinkling of an eye, it was reborn. Fitting for a shared cinematic universe of the Universal Monsters, don’t you think? We’ve already had THE INVISIBLE MAN, which kicked major ass. We’ve got a new Dracula movie in the works, and Ryan Gosling will be portraying a modern-day version of the Wolfman. Things are looking great for the Monsterkidz these days. Still, I can’t help being sad over a couple of missed opportunities: DRACULA UNTOLD and the 2010 version of THE WOLFMAN. Both of those films could have been fresh starts for their respective characters, kicking off franchises for both, if they’d been handled better.
The supposed-to-be director of THE WOLFMAN, Mark Romanek, spilled the beans on why he left the project: “…we were really in the process of making this more daring, darker, more mysterious horror film. And it was during the writer’s strike and there were changes of leadership at the studio, and they didn’t seem to really trust what we were doing. And it was costly, the film, and everything started pulling apart rather than coalescing. Everybody started going in opposite directions until it was clear that if they wanted to make their idea of the film, meaning the studio’s idea of the film, my hands were kind of tied because there was a writer’s strike, so we couldn’t really change the script.”
While I loved THE WOLFMAN, the film that we got, it would’ve been interesting to see what Romanek would have done with the material.