The Dark Universe became a laughing stock after 2017’s The Mummy bombed, but to be fair to Universal, they’ve got back in the game pretty quickly and have already found a new, more successful direction to go in with their classic horror properties – dispensing with the shared franchise gimmick and focusing on making creator-led standalone features. Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, for instance, was well-received earlier this year. Now, the next one to get this treatment is The Wolfman and it’s already got a big name attached to star.
Variety reported this evening that Ryan Gosling has signed up to lead another reboot of the iconic werewolf tale. The trade notes that this particular take on the material, whatever that may be, was actually pitched to the studio by the Drive star. He was originally set to direct, too, but has ultimately decided to leave that to someone else. The search for a director is reportedly nearing its end though, with Bad Education‘s Cory Finley one of those being eyed. Meanwhile, a script from Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo (Orange is the New Black) is already written.
Of course, the news has already gone viral, with Universal horror fans freaking out over the announcement that Gosling will be taking on the iconic role, which was originally played by Lon Chaney Jr. back in the 1940s and again by Benicio del Toro in the 2010 bomb of a remake. Usually folks are divided on things like this but nope, not in this case. Everyone seems to be on board with the idea.
— Kyle Scully (@socal_scully) May 29, 2020
Ryan Gosling is a perfect choice to play Larry Talbot
— (Eric) (@TheManofSalt) May 29, 2020
So Ryan Gosling as the Wolfman eh.. pic.twitter.com/yh8hQ29ERh
— Josh Youngblood (@Yblood90) May 29, 2020
Scouring the internet for one piece of good news today. Finally found it: Ryan Gosling will play the Wolfman.
— Paul Davis (@PDavisFilmmaker) May 29, 2020
— PopFreak! (@PopFreakPodcast) May 29, 2020
Ryan Gosling is going to be The Wolfman. A: That is the best possible way to get me interested in a Wolfman reboot. And B: Wow turns out I’d really love to direct a Ryan Gosling-led Wolfman movie. But since I can’t I’m just excited to watch it. https://t.co/sJR2tyovx5
— Matthew Thomason (@ResDolph) May 29, 2020
Ryan Gosling as Wolfman. Like I need anymore sexual frustration in my life. pic.twitter.com/oL66sMQ1MN
— Lucy Kitten (@LucyKDenver) May 29, 2020
The Wolfman is my favorite Universal Monster and I'm a Gosling fan, so this works for me https://t.co/YSbvUZkLGM
— Your Vampire (@ChrisWards) May 29, 2020
Universal deserves a standing ovation for casting Ryan Gosling as the new Wolfman…. pic.twitter.com/2H4KEQZK5T
— Shamar English (@english_shamar) May 29, 2020
Other creator-led reboots on the way include Paul Feig’s Dark Army, Elizabeth Banks’ The Invisible Woman, Dexter Fletcher’s Renfield and Matt Stawski’s Monster Mash. James Wan is also believed to be producing a new version of Frankenstein.
Stay tuned for more news on The Wolfman and in the meantime, let us know if you’re hyped for this new wave of Universal horror in the comments section down below.