More Wolfman Rumours: Baker Brought Back On to Save Transformation Scenes?

A. Quinton — Jul. 30th 2009

This morning at, Ryan Rotten shares some inside information he’s received about the oft-delayed Wolfman remake.

One tipster says Universal has sunk nearly $10-30 million into re-shoots in England. Much of the scenes had to do with the full Wolfman makeup because it wasn’t “working out” and “was too much like the original” Chaney makeup. Another writer tells me Rick Baker was brought back in to direct practical transformation work because the CGI, again, wasn’t working.

Ryan stresses that these tidbits should be treated as rumours, but that he’ll try to get corroborating statements from official sources. It’s a shame about the makeup being redone, as I rather liked the official publicity photos that have been floating around since March 2008. I certainly hope the part about Baker being brought back on for the transformation scenes is true, though– around this time last year, he was unhappy at being excluded the first time round, and as we all know from An American Werewolf in London and The Howling, Rick Baker knows how to turn a person into a werewolf properly: physical makeup and effects, rather than CG.

  • Slasher

    If I remember correctly, Rob Bottin and not Rick Baker did the werewolf makeup for The Howling…

  • Roukas

    Hmm, they wouldn’t have had to postpone anything if they had got it right the first time. If I were to make a werewolf movie, the first lycanthropy consultants on my mind would likely be: Baker, Kubric (if he was still living), Jon Talbain, and Andrew Quinton. Those people know that while computers are marvelous tools, you don’t send a computer to do physicality’s job. Case in point = Van Helsing, or worse, Bad Moon. The Werewolf in Bad Moon looked like he was being lycanthropically transformed by a screen saver, and I’m too tired to pick apart Van Helsing. Let’s hope that the staff on The Wolfman is learning from the mistakes of the past.

  • Doruk

    Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t Jon Talbain a video game character?

    I had actually loved how the werewolf DID look like the original, but I guess if they still have Rick Baker involved, then there is hope.

  • Roukas

    Yes, Talbain is a videogame character from the Darkstalkers series. I was just goofing around; I guess the natural progression from dead directors was to fictional characters. You got me ;)