The Wolf Man 2 Being Reworked As An Original Film?
Joe Johnston's remake of The Wolfman really couldn't have been a bigger mess. In addition to being panned by critics, the film only made $139 million internationally on a $150 million budget. Even worse, the film was meant to be the first in a series of remakes that would bring back all of the classic Universal monsters. There was even a sequel being developed, but with the film being a flop in every sense of the word, it makes sense that the project would be scrapped. That said, it won't all go to waste.
MovieHole has learned from an unnamed source that Universal now has plans to take Michael Tabb's sequel script and rewrite it as an original film. Cutting ties with the Wolf Man label (why make their jobs that much harder?) they are considering Werewolf as the new title. According to the site, the studio wants to put the project into production this fall and will be spending the next couple weeks searching for a director. It's suggested that the film will have closer ties to George Waggner's 1941 film instead of Johnton's disaster.
While I understand the concept, the biggest problem I see here is that Johnston's film was incredibly underwhelming at the box office. While I'm sure at least some of that had to do with bad buzz, it's likely that people simply aren't interested in the concept. It might just be time to let this one go.
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