What we know so far about Ryan Gosling and The Wolfman

WASHINGTON, DC - Ryan Gosling (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
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Ryan Gosling will be starring in Universal’s The Wolfman. Here is what we know so far about this addition to the revived Monster Universe.

Ryan Gosling is set to tackle something different from his usual dramatic roles. This time, he will be starring in Universal’s The Wolfman. Here is what we know so far about the pending production.

It’s the brainchild of Gosling

According to Variety, the actor pitched the idea to the studio and scribes Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo (both were on staff of Orange Is the New Black) are tasked with writing the script. Gosling’s version of the timeless werewolf classic will take place in this century.

Rumor has it that the plot mirrors Jake Gyllenhaal’s 2014 thriller, Nightcrawler. For those of you that haven’t seen this film, Gyllenhaal is a freelance videographer who makes his living filming aftermaths of violent crime scenes for a local television news outlet.

Does this mean that Gosling’s character might be a reporter who is following a string of grisly unsolved murders? Could he somehow stumble upon a lycanthrope and get turned into one? At this point, it’s anybody’s guess.

Directed by…?

Even though this Ryan Gosling project was just announced, sometimes directors can be attached. However, The Wolfman currently has no one behind the camera, yet.

It looks as if Universal has been meeting with some candidates and one name that keeps resurfacing is Cory Finley who directed Bad Education for HBO.

Who could helm this creature feature?

Although this veteran director has sworn off movies, preferring to work in television, we think David Lynch might have a unique approach. After all, he did direct the Academy Award nominated, The Elephant Man.

Another inspired choice would be Guillermo del Toro. He obviously knows his way around monster flicks winning Best Picture for The Shape of Water. This seems unlikely to happen because his schedule is already packed with various projects.

When will production begin?

In reality, this isn’t Ryan Gosling’s next venture. He is set to star in (once the COVID-19 edict has been lifted) an untitled Andy Weir (The Martian scribe) astronaut project. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on tap to helm the picture.

The actor also doesn’t have a deal in place yet. As we all know, nothing happens until the star signs on the dotted line.

Until The Wolfman gets off the ground, other Universal Monster productions are apparently on the way according to Deadline. Elizabeth Banks’ The Invisible Woman, Paul Feig’s Dark Army, Dexter Fletcher’s Renfield and the Karyn Kusama helmed, Dracula.

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