Mark Romanek Explains Why He Bailed From “The Wolfman”: The Producers Were Idiots

A. Quinton — Sep. 9th 2010

In a recent interview to promote his latest film “Never Let Me Go”, director Mark Romanek explains why he walked away from “The Wolfman” with only three weeks of pre-production left.

And then I got involved in The Wolfman which was exciting because I was going to work with Benicio Del Toro. And I wanted to reinvent that genre and make this dark, rich, intelligent Jungian kind of piece that I was hoping could totally work as populist entertainment and yet be legitimate, like be an intelligent film that might even be critically well-received. And I just could never get on the same page with the producers about what it should be. I think they were scared of doing it the way I was suggesting. There was so much money involved that I ultimately couldn’t convince them of my idea of the film.

Read more at — the bit about The Wolfman is roughly halfway down the page.

Mark’s comments are very much in line with what Rick Baker had to say about the producers meddling and waffling on the werewolf design. Mark’s a great director, but with such spineless people in charge, had he stayed on I doubt he could have done much better than Joe Johnston did. What a shame. If only Bill Carraro, Ryan Kavanaugh and Jon Mone had trusted the people they hired.

  • Doruk

    Big surprise, eh? :P

  • Ryan


    That doesn’t exactly make me pine for what might have been…

  • michael

    I absolutely loved The Wolfman (especially the director’s cut), but I can see where there were definitely some missed opportunities. I’m willing to bet that the big werewolf brawl at the end was something the producers cooked up, and it was a little silly. The characterizations between the two up to that point should have led to a more personal confrontation between men, not monsters. I’m especially bothered by the fact that they make a point of showing the SILVER dagger in the cane, which is never actually used to kill a werewolf. It would have fit nicely with Larry’s death in the original if the cane had come into play somehow.
    As far as the suggestion of a more psychological film, I’m not sure that sounds like a good idea either. I’d hate to have seen the film result in Talbot merely being insane and the whole wolfman thing explained as a delusion. Part of the attraction of these kinds of films is the desire to be taken into a world of fantasy, of the supernatural. I don’t want reality in my werewolf movies.
    Overall, I think the film we got was a near perfect example of what a remake should be.

  • Viergacht

    Shame, because there really seemed to be the bones of a good movie in there.