Universal’s Wolfman is still in the works and has now found its director, as Deadline is reporting that Derek Cianfrance is in talks to direct as well as write the new film.
According to the report, Cianfrance would be stepping in for Leigh Whannell, who left the project earlier this year due to a scheduling issue. The film — which is set to star Ryan Gosling in the titular role — has been in development for just over a year now, with initial rumors about the film popping up in mid-2020.
For Cianfrance, it’ll be the third film he and Gosling have worked on together, as Cianfrance also directed 2010’s Blue Valentine and 2012’s The Place Beyond the Pines, both of which starred Gosling.
“Horror movies were my first love — my entry into what cinema was capable of narratively, psychologically and aesthetically,” said Cianfrance in a statement. “Coupled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ryan again, this is truly a dream come true. I’m thrilled and inspired to work with the good folks at Blumhouse and Universal to bring this monster back to life in our collective unconscious.”
It’s currently unknown what the new film will look like, but Deadline did note that it’s believed that the film will be a more modern take on the character. This wouldn’t be too shocking, especially with the success of the recently released The Invisible Man film, which did away with the period piece aspect of the original film and opted for a more modern look.