Ryan Gosling will be a major part of Universal’s repurposed monster universe.
Following on from the success of The Invisible Man, Universal is now looking to bring a new Wolfman to life – and Gosling has scored the lead role thanks to his own pitch to the studio. The screenplay comes from Lauren Schuker Blum (wife of Jason Blum) and Rebecca Angelo, who were both staff writers on Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Variety broke the news, reporting that a director could be announced soon and that Cory Finley, who recently directed Hugh Jackman in the HBO movie Bad Education, is among the filmmakers being looked at.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps, THR writer Borys Kit has tweeted that “Gosling would play an anchorman who gets infected in what has been described as having a Network/Nightcrawler vibe.”
Universal decided to restructure the plan they had for their monster movies after both Dracula Untold and The Mummy failed to land. The latter was to be the official kick off for Universal’s Dark Universe, which was originally to include Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem as the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively. The new plan was to have more unique, director-driven projects with a focus on horror – and Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man kicked off things nicely, scoring $US122 million from a $US7 million budget and earning wide acclaim.
Before Wolfman, Gosling is expected to be working on a Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed space movie, based on the new book from The Martian author Andy Weir.