When Universal Pictures started their Monster Universe a few years ago, there had been talk of several different classic projects getting rebooted. Dracula Untold became the first installment in this franchise, after a post-credit scene featured Luke Evans’ title character showed him emerging in present day. The Mummy reboot will be next out of the gate, hitting theaters next June. But we aren’t sure which project is moving forward next. Today we have word that the studio wants Dwayne Johnson to star in their modern update of The Wolf Man.
Buried within Deadline‘s report about Dwayne Johnson setting up another project at Sony entitled Son of Shaolin, the site claims there are “persistent rumors” that Universal wants the actor to portray the title character, although it isn’t clear when that project may get off the ground. If it’s far enough down the line, it’s possible that Dwayne Johnson may be able to fit it into his schedule, but he currently has his hands full with Universal’s Fast & Furious 8, which is in production, and then later this year he moves onto the Jumanji reboot.
We first reported on this Wolf Man reboot back in November 2014, when Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, Friday the 13th reboot) came aboard to write the script. It isn’t known if the project has a director attached, or if the studio has a release date penciled in quite yet. The studio is reportedly also working on reboots of The Invisible Man, which has Johnny Depp attached to star, Van Helsing, Frankenstein and much more.
The Wolf Man franchise was launched in 1941 with Lon Chaney Jr. playing the title character, which spawned Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), which all featured the Wolf Man. Universal also tried rebooting the property in 2010 with The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro. No story details have been given for this new horror reboot.
After Dwayne Johnson shoots Fast & Furious 8 and Juanji this year, he also has projects such as San Andreas 2, a remake of the video game classic Rampage and a skyscraper thriller with Legendary and director Rawson Marshall Thurber, which are all in various stages of development. The action star also recently signed on to play the iconic Doc Savage in a new movie adaptation from director Shane Black, and he’s also developing a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. We’ll be sure to keep you posted about whether or not Dwayne Johnson is even able to fit a Wolf Man movie into his schedule.