President of Universal Calls “The Wolfman” one of “the shittiest movies we put out”

A. Quinton — Nov. 3rd 2011

From a Movieline article about Universal’s COO & President Ron Meyer speaking at the Savannah Film Festival:

Universal’s biggest recent disappointment? The Wolfman.
“We make a lot of shitty movies,” Meyer admitted. “Every one of them breaks my heart.”

“We set out to make good ones. One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman.Wolfman and Babe 2 are two of the shittiest movies we put out, but by the same token we made movies we believe in. We did United 93, which is one of the movies I’m most proud of.”

A little later in the interview, Wolfman producer Stratton Leopold ambles over from his “family-run ice cream shop across the street” (I swear I’m not making this up) to contribute his two cents.

Meyer, good naturedly: “It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy.”

Leopold: “I said the same thing before the reshoot. I said, ‘Why are we spending all of this? Let’s shoot two scenes to create some sympathy for the [hero] and that’s it,’ but…”

Meyer: “We all went wrong. It was one of those things… like I said, we make a lot of bad movies. That’s one we should have smelled out a long time ago. It was wrong. The script never got right…”

Leopold: “The cast -”

Meyer: “—was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio [del Toro] stunk. It all stunk.”

The board of directors at NBCUniversal need to hand these two gormless, spineless motherfuckers their walking papers on the double. These guys contributed directly to the mis-management of an A-list film that subsequently flops, then they casually shit all over the cast and crew they let down with their miserable leadership. What a great way to inspire the people working for you – and cultivate a loyal audience.

You can read the entire interview on Movieline if you want – Meyer’s reasons for getting into the film industry are oh so noble – but I’m going to go look at pictures of Rick Baker holding his Oscar.

photo: WireImage

  • NightFang

    Ouch. It wasn’t THAT bad.

  • To be clear, I don’t think The Wolfman was a great film, but imagine what it COULD have been if these two shitheels hadn’t been in charge.

  • Lemonvampire

    I definitely thought it could have been improved, specifically in the climax, but otherwise I thought The Wolfman was a near-perfect remake. Great cast, great story, great makeup, great sets/costumes, etc. The only problems I had with it were that the kills were occasionally too unrealistically visceral and bloody (wolves are known for going for the throat, not tearing off limbs), and the over-the-top action ending, which could have been so much better if Lawrence had killed his father as a man, making it a more personal tragedy, rather than both of them transforming for a big dumb monster brawl. Other than that, everything was fantastic.

  • I’m with you, Andrew. It’s just too bad some people use that Oscar (which Baker totally earned) as a cudgel to bash the film even more.

  • Nathan

    I liked The Wolfman, and I thought the makeup was amazing, they should at least give them credit for that.  Most werewolf movies don’t even use real makeup anymore, it’s all just CGI.

  • I didn’t think it was that bad.

  • Lykeaus

    Yeah…That’s why I bought that movie as soon as it came out on DVD, because it was crappy…It must be nice to have such ridiculously high standards and low opinions about the people who actually put forth the effort…

  • Caeric ArcLight

    When you consider all the behind-the-scenes crap that went on, the movie came out great. Let’s face it, odds are a big-budget old-fashioned period monster movie was never ever going to be a big hit anyway. If it had been, you can bet these jerks would’ve broken their arms patting themselves on the back.

  • Zockereinstein

    The cast did what they could do with the bad scripting, and as you have said, the rest of the elements (make-up, photograph, costumes, etc) where in line with what is expected in a big budget movie. Maybe we should remember that in such movies with those huge budgets, the responsibility of the result falls primarily on the producers’ shoulders. That simple. So, blame on the producers… or are they completely innocent for the failure??

  • Anonymous

    I agree Babe 2 was a complete steaming pile. The Wolfman could really have been better, but most of the problems seemed to be at the script level – NOT the directing and acting. It’s painful mostly because it’s easy to see how, with a little more effort, it could have been a really great, fun movie. There was so much ball-dropping and fuckery going on, it’s amazing it came out as good as it did. And this sort of BS is very unprofessional.  

  • FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! STOP TO ATTACK THE WOLFMAN! It was just fine, an a very enterteinment movie with the most f*cking epic werewolf of ALL times, the movie win a OSCAR god dammit! and i still seeing how shit of movies like transformers or avatar win prics like “the movie of the year..” 

    THE WOLFMAN was badass!!

  • werewolfwoman

    wow i am enraged. that is a slap in the face of the fans of this movie. i
    loved the new wolfman and thought it was great and the makeup effects
    were freakin awesome, the problem with executives is that its all is a
    numbers game.. I think movies like this tend to have a small cult
    following and it won a freakin Oscar for rick bakers wolfman.  Wow way
    to trash not only the film but the actors and it was clear that this
    film was a labor of love for del-toro and Backer.  When the director
    trashed the movie i equated it to sour grapes and this seems like more
    of the same. i really liked this movie and have been more excited to see
    a film, and  i walked out of the theater really pleased.
    wow this is just gross  
     it truly is just saying that cult fans don’t carry any value to this
    studio. i thought the wolfman was a much needed break from all  the
    torture porn films that populate the cinema today.

  • Silver

    I really liked the new Wolfman remark, mostly because it’s such
    a nice spin on the original movie. Sounds more to me like this idiot is more
    against monster horror. After all most of Hollywood
    only cares about money and the movies that make money are crappy slasher films
    and utter shit like Twilight.