By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Having scored with its new take on THE INVISIBLE MAN earlier this year, the studio will next reboot another of its classic horror characters.
Variety reports that Universal is close to landing a director for its fresh take on the classic lycanthropicture, which Ryan Gosling will star in. The actor was also a possibility to direct, but it was decided that someone else would take the helm, and the studio has been meeting with filmmakers over the past month. There’s no clear frontrunner, though Cory Finley of this year’s highly acclaimed HBO movie BAD EDUCATION, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, is one of the names in play. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK writers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo scripted the new WOLFMAN, based on Gosling’s original pitch; plot details have yet to be revealed, though the trade says it will be a modern story, describing it as a supernatural variation on the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring thriller NIGHTCRAWLER. A start date has yet to be determined, as Gosling will next be starring in an untitled MGM astronaut drama to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, based on an upcoming novel by THE MARTIAN’s Andy Weir.