Apparently Universal wasn’t too pleased with the results of their new Joe Johnston directed version of The Wolfman that came out last year. That film, that starred Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, was set to get a sequel, but now plans are changing. Movie Hole is reporting that Michael Tabb’s script for a sequel is getting reworked into a new start for the series that will be more in keeping with the original Lon Chaney starring film from 1941 that is oft heralded as being a classic. Reportedly, the title of this new film is tentatively set to be Werewolf. I probably would have gone with The Werewolfman just to keep that lack of brevity thing Rise of the Planet of the Apes started going.
I find this news to be kind of strange, as last year’s Wolfman didn’t stray too far from the story of the original itself. Making another movie where a guy named Talbot gets bit by another werewolf so soon after the last one is bound to feel pretty extraneous. And Johnston’s film wasn’t a total loss that needs to be erased from the record books either. It was pretty boring for a lot of it, but once Hopkins started up with his crazy overacting and there were big werewolf battles it got fun. I say instead of going after another remake of the original, they should go the same route that the original series went and remake the 1943 film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. Bring back Benicio as Talbot, have Nic Cage come on as Dr. Frankenstein, and do a plot where Frankenstein reanimates the remains of Hopkins’ thrashed werewolf from the first film in order to have a smackdown with the Frankenstein monster. Seeing as Cage and Werner Herzog have history working together, he should probably direct. Boom. Instant classic. You’re welcome.