Reports indicate that Universal Pictures’ Blumhouse just teamed with Whannell on the Elizabeth Moss-starrer The Invisible Man, a $7 million budget film that was a win for Universal’s Classic Movie Monsters initiative, grossing $124 million worldwide. Whannell’s involvement is a win for Universal, as the director’s prior Universal Monster revival in The Invisible Man was both critically and popularly well received (at 91% and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively), earning a sizable $124 million worldwide on a $7 million budget. They like the fit here. Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. Jeff Ewing is a filmmaker and screenwriter in LA. In this vein, Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body) had been tagged to direct a Blumhouse-produced adaptation of Dracula that takes place in modern times, from a script by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (The Invitation). The studio is also working on developing other Universal Monster-related projects, including Invisible Woman (penned by Elizabeth Banks, Erin Cressida Wilson, and Max Handelman), Dark Army (a project developed by Paul Feig), and a potential Bride of Frankenstein remake (possibly with John Krasinski). 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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set its Wolfman project on a fast track to production. Whannell will also be writing the treatment for the film, based on an original idea of his own and inspired by the 1941 classic. Details of the specific plot have not been released, but it will be an original idea inspired by the 1941 classic The Wolf Man. In the meantime, you can check out our list of 5 Essential Werewolf Movies to Seek Your Teeth Into! Send us a tip using our annonymous form. Full details aren’t clear on the plot of the new Wolfman, but word from The Hollywood Reporter is that Gosling will play an anchorman who becomes a werewolf. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. That same year, he also became the editor-in-chief and sole contributor for Last Night On, providing coverage for both websites over the next three years. EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set its Wolfman project on a fast track to production. UVV Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. After Leigh Whannell released The Invisible Man under the Blumhouse banner to incredible success earlier this year, the studio has called back the filmmaker to take the reins for their next Universal Monsters movie. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Worldwide, it grossed over $129 million on a budget of just $7 million. He has also contributed to many other online publications over the past several years, including Dread Central, FanSided, Netflix Life, Undead Walking, and Redshirts Always Die. Learn how your comment data is processed. Invisible Man became a strong wind in the sails of Universal’s otherwise stagnant plans to remake the treasured Univesral Monster properties. All Rights reserved. Jason Blum, who also worked with Whannell to produce The Invisible Man, is on board to produce Wolfman as well. Reports indicate that Universal Pictures’ UVV +0.9% forthcoming Wolfman project is moving forward with major pieces in tow. Whannell is represented by CAA and Myman Greenspan. Whannell and Gosling have wanted to work together for some time, but the director originally demurred when first offered Wolfman. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images). Starring Ryan Gosling as the titular monster, the new Wolfman film is said to be a modern take on the classic werewolf story. Jason Blum encouraged him to reconsider (Schuker Blum is Jason Blum’s wife), while the director and Gosling had also wanted to work together for some time. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. forthcoming Wolfman project is moving forward with major pieces in tow. You may opt-out by. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, independent adaptations given to innovative indie horror directors. Schuker Blum is Jason Blum’s wife, and the producer asked the director to reconsider. Jeremy became an editor and lead writer for Horror Geek Life in 2018, and also currently contributes to MovieWeb and TVWeb. Clearly, Blumhouse and Universal are hoping to see similar success with the release of Wolfman, but time will tell if they can capture lightning in a bottle for a second time. 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Leigh Whannell is negotiating to direct Ryan Gosling in the lead role, and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse has boarded the picture to be producer along with Gosling. Check out my website here, and follow me on Twitter! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The critics were also very impressed, which is never an easy feat for any horror film to accomplish. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Leigh Whannell arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The ... [+] Invisible Man" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2020 in Hollywood, California. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently sits with a Fresh rating of 91% with an audience score of 88%. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo wrote the screenplay, which is described as “having a vibe that evokes Network (1976) and Nightcrawler (2014).” Clearly, Whannell has proven that he knows how to properly help modernize classic monster stories, so his involvement in Wolfman certainly makes the project much more promising. Jeremy began contributing to the online horror publication 1428 Elm in 2014, becoming a site editor soon after in 2015. Whannell has a first look deal across film and television with Blumhouse, for projects he writes, directs or produces and over the last decade, Whannell and Blumhouse have collaborated on seven projects. Following the success of the project, Blumhouse doubled down on plans to focus on well-told, independent adaptations given to innovative indie horror directors. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The project had already been announced as starring Ryan Gosling, but Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, The Invisible Man) is reportedly negotiating to direct the film with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse producing (along with Gosling). You have entered an incorrect email address! We’ll have to stay tuned for more updates. RELATED: John Carpenter Releases Two New Tracks Ahead of Vinyl Release. It has also announced that James Wan will be (as a producer) developing a horror thriller for Universal that has a suspicious proximity to the Frankenstein story, centering around a group of teens who discover their neighbor is building a monster in his basement. Jeff Ewing is a filmmaker and screenwriter in LA. Starring Ryan Gosling as the titular monster, the new Wolfman film is said to be a modern take on the classic werewolf story. When The Invisible Man was released, it was tremendously successful at the box office. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo will write the script, based on a treatment written by Whannell. Can’t be any worse than the last time they remade The Wolfman. The project had already been announced as starring Ryan Gosling… My recent co-edited book "Alien and Philosophy" can be found here. Invisible Man" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2020 in Hollywood, California. Whannell inked a first look deal with Blumhouse (they’ve collaborated on seven projects) but reports indicate the director originally had little interest in the Wolfman project. After getting the Classic Movie Monsters program off to a rough start with the pricey flop The Mummy, the studio tabled a bunch of star-attached projects and now only makes them when the pieces fit creatively. After Leigh Whannell released The Invisible Man under the Blumhouse banner to incredible success earlier this year, the studio has called back the filmmaker to take the reins for their next Universal Monsters movie. 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