Universal have officially begun shooting a new take on their seventy year old property The Wolf Man.
A mere few years since Joe Johnston's THE WOLFMAN got a silver bullet through its heart at the box office, the studio have decided to have another crack at it, but judging by the 'talent' on board aren't taking anywhere near as big a financial risk this time out...
UNTITLED WEREWOLF THRILLER (catchy!) is being helmed by Louis Morneau, director of JOY RIDE 2 and THE HITCHER 2 (that's right, they made a HITCHER 2. Who knew.), and stars Stephen Rea, Guy Wilson, Ed Quinn, Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell and Nia Peeples. With the exception of Rea, how many of these names don't require a quick trip to the IMDb? Yeah, this isn't looking too good is it.
What what about the story? Here's Universal's official synopsis...
A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight, and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Untitled Werewolf Thriller, Universal Studios’ all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of supernatural thrillers. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast’s fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother’s (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he’s closer to his target than he ever dreamed.
Universal plan to un-leash UNTITLED WEREWOLF THRILLER on DVD/Blu-ray on Howl-oween 2012.
Are you over the (full) moon about this project, or does it sound like a dog? Is four werewolf-related puns in a row pushing it? Share your thoughts on any of these matters in the Comments below or on Twitter @Starburst_Mag