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Old 07-08-11, 01:53 PM   #1
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Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

The Wolfman was a disastrous failure for Universal, but they've decided to try again and are now planning a new standalone film currently titled "Werewolf". Looks like filming will begin in the fall, and we should get casting news soon. Looking at the director's filmography doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence for this project, but I'll give it a shot as the wolf man was a favorite of mine growing up.

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A couple of weeks back we exclusively reported that Universal had decided not to sequelize last year’s “The Wolfman” – starring Benicio Del Toro as the piliferous transformer – as originally intended, but instead had writer Michael Tabb rework the script into an original, stand-alone picture.
We’ve now recieved word that the project, now titled “Werewolf”, has tapped Louis Morneau as it’s director.

Morneau’s previous credits include “Joy Ride 2 : Dead Ahead”, “The Hitcher II : I’ve Been Waiting”, “Bats” with Lou Diamond Phillips, and “Retroactive” with Jim Belushi.

Casting begins shortly on “Werewolf”.

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Universal were considering doing a sequel to the recent – god awful – ”The Wolfman”, which featured Benicio del Toro as the sharp-clawed Talbot – that’s no longer the case. 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.

As I said, the Universal project is currently undergoing a rewrite; it is likely headed before the cameras in the Fall. The studio is said to be talking to prospective directors over the next couple of weeks. Casting will begin shortly thereafter.
The original 1941 film, starring Lon Chaney in the title role, told of a a practical man who returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. It’s a beloved piece of cinematic history – – unlike the remake which was cursed from the get-go; among it’s many hiccups, losing director Mark Romanek early into the production.
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Old 07-08-11, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

Count me in the minority who didn't hate The Wolfman. It would have been nice to get Joe Johnston back, but to have him involved from the beginning.
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Old 07-08-11, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

Can they top this masterpiece?

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Old 07-08-11, 02:20 PM   #4
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Count me in the minority who didn't hate The Wolfman. It would have been nice to get Joe Johnston back, but to have him involved from the beginning.
Same here. The film had problems, but the production was top notch and featured some nasty carnage. The sets and atmosphere was extremely well done.

Since they spent a shitload of money on The Wolfman, I expect them to cut the budget on this one. Hopefully they at least use Rick Baker again. I don't want the movie to be crappy cgi wolf running on all 4s for the entire film. I know Wolfman used that effect a little, but they still had relied on Del Toro in make-up for a majority of his scenes.

If this director doesn't get fired and they don't delay the film 4 times, maybe it'll turn out okay. If they are filming this fall, I wonder if they're planning for a Spring 2012 release.
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Old 07-08-11, 02:45 PM   #5
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

I'm surprised no one else has noticed this, but it looks like this is going to be a DTV release. According to this article at empireonline.com:
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The fact that this is coming together under Universal's Family and Home Entertainment division should probably provide a clue as to the nature of the latest project though, as might the director himself: a Roger Corman veteran whose previous works include Bats, The Hitcher 2, and Roadkill 2.

Yup, it looks like we're in the scary world of DTV, and that assumption is borne out by the speed at which the production's moving. Casting is getting underway imminently, with shooting pencilled in for the autumn.
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Old 07-08-11, 02:53 PM   #6
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

Ah, that sucks. I was hoping it would get a theatrical release.
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Old 07-08-11, 02:56 PM   #7
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

Sorry, but Stephanie Meyer killed any hopes of any Wolf-Man/Werewolf movies of ever being successful. Try again in about 10 years or so.
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

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Count me in the minority who didn't hate The Wolfman. It would have been nice to get Joe Johnston back, but to have him involved from the beginning.
I liked the Wolfman too. Except for the fight between father and son at the end. ( Sorry if this is a spoiler, but if you haven't seen it by now, well that scene isn't much to talk about anyway. ) Any movie revolving around this topic is worth a look see.
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Old 07-08-11, 04:33 PM   #9
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

The Wolfman extended cut was decent at best. I thought the theatrical cut was pretty bad. Anyway, not surprised to see this one going DTV considering all the factors above.
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Old 07-08-11, 05:52 PM   #10
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Re: Werewolf (reboot of Wolf Man, director: Louis Morneau)

Yeah, I never saw the regular cut, just the Extended Cut and it was fairly decent. Could have been better but it wasn't some crapfest. But does it really need a reboot? Couldn't they have just done a sequel?
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