Wolfman: Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse join Ryan Gosling’s pack

Wolfman howls into existence as Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse jump on board the Ryan Gosling/Universal Pictures project.

Wolfman is howling onto the fast track at Universal Pictures. The Ryan Gosling project is becoming a reality with the news from Deadline that Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse have joined the pack.

Whannell is in talks to direct while Jason Blum’s company will be teaming up with Gosling to produce. This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering that the director’s take on The Invisible Man topped the box office.

What is interesting to note, Wolfman made its way onto Whannell’s desk and he passed on the project. Although, he made it known that he had been wanting to partner with Ryan Gosling for quite some time.

Since Jason Blum’s wife, writer Lauren Schuker Blum and her partner Rebecca Angelo are behind the script, the producer encouraged Whannell to change his mind. Of course, the director will bring his own unique approach to the classic horror film.

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He will be penning the treatment while Blum and Angelo will be tackling the screenplay. It looks as if Blumhouse might have cornered the Classic Movie Monsters market at the moment because Universal seems to like their take on the series.

We are curious as to what Whannell’s vision will be for Wolfman. On a hunch, he will probably modernize it. As it turns out, Ryan Gosling does have experience in the horror genre.

In 1995, he appeared on an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? The following year, he had a part on Goosebumps.

However, in an odd way, he has been circling the world of the Universal Monsters. He had a role in the film, Frankenstein and Me which was about a teenager obsessed with creatures.

Another strange coincidence, in 2011 he appeared in a short film, Touch of Evil.  In this Alex Prager effort, Gosling played…The Invisible Man!

Are you looking forward to Wolfman? How do you feel about Leigh Whannell directing? Let us know in the comments.