Universal “Wolfman” reboot may actually be a (semi-?) original film called “Werewolf”

A. Quinton — Jun. 8th 2011

A while back word was going around that Universal was looking to reboot their Wolfman franchise again after the disappointing performance of 2010’s remake. According to Moviehole’s exclusive (but presently un-cited) report, there’s a script in the works and it appears to be for an original film, rather than another remake.

Michael Tabb’s script is being rewritten and reworked to be an original film – almost a reboot of the classic Universal monster movie series. If anything, this new film – they’ve yet to decide on a title though I hear “Werewolf” is popular -will share a link to the original George Waggner film (from 1941) rather than Joe Johnston’s ill-fated 2009 remake. Maybe.

The Moviehole post goes on to mention that the studio is said to be talking to prospective directors, and that casting will be starting soon in advance of an autumn shooting schedule.

The Internet seems really excited about this information, but there’s not much new meat on this bone, other than the name of the screenwriter and the fact that Universal is actually thinking about doing that thing they said they were going to do. I’ve never seen anything written by Michael Tabb so I don’t have an opinion on his attachment to the project. It’s unclear to me whether Universal is doing a film “inspired” by the original 1941 Wolfman or if Tabb is writing an original film to take the whole franchise in a new direction, and until somebody asks him “hey, so what are you actually doing?” and he provides an answer, I don’t think there’s much reason to get giddy about this. Yet.

  • So, they’re thinking of calling their “original” take on the story Werewolf? Great idea. Because, as we all know, hasn’t already been done. Heck, if that’s what they’re going to call it, why not bypass The Wolf Man entirely and go right to the source?

  • Viergacht

    Actually, I would be thrilled to death if they were rebooting the “Werewolf” tv series. Or even just releasing it on DVD. So much nostalgia!

  • Doruk

    Indeed, they had some copyright issues with the soundtrack though, didn’t they?

  • Indeed, they did. A couple songs couldn’t be cleared and there were no separate dialogue or sound effects tracks for those scenes, which would have made it possible to replace the music. So instead of editing the scenes out and making a hash of the story, Shout! Factory scrapped the whole project. Disappointing, but probably the right decision.

  • Komodo

    They probably would have replaced Rick Baker’s wonderful Wolfman design with some horrendous cgi crap anyway.

    It’s sad that Joe Johnston’s slasher bastardization of the original is the closest thing most people will see to that classic film but at least they got the design of the Wolfman right.

  • Je pense que c’est une bonne idée pour sauver l’image de l’original, car faut bien l’avouer, le remake a terni pas à peu près le Wolfman.