6 items from 2011
Back in June it was first rumored Universal was looking to re-write and rework Michael Tabb's would-be sequel to the failed 2010 effort The Wolfman starring Benicio del Toro and directed by Joe Johnston into a new werewolf franchise. A month later, Moviehole reported Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, The Hitcher: I've Been Waiting and Carnosaur 2 helmer Louis Morneau would direct for a fall shoot. Now, it has become a reality as Universal announced the start of production on what they describe as an "all-new supernatural Untitled Werewolf Thriller" with Morneau directing. Filming will take place in and around Bucharest, Romania and the film won't be heading to theaters as the studio confirms it will be part of their DVD Originals line alongside such titles as The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior and the upcoming January release of [amazon asin="B005TK0WG8" text="The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption"] starring Ron Perlman and Billy Zane. This Untitled Werewolf Thriller will be released on Blu-ray, »
- Brad Brevet
The last time we heard about Universal's future plans for The Wolfman, the report was that the studio is essentially planning to pretend the 2010 film by Joe Johnston (who stepped in at the last minute) never existed. A new film called Werewolf, written by Michael Tabb, is supposedly the angle Universal will take to further exploit the classic horror property. And now the film might have a director: Louis Morneau. It's possible that the name, reported by Moviehole , means nothing to you. I can't say it meant anything to me. That's because I haven't seen Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (his last film, from 2008) or The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting, or Bats, Soldier Boyz or Carnosaur 2. Ok, wait, I have seen Carnosaur 2, but can't tell you enough about the 1995 film to be of any use now. Morneau came out of the Roger Corman machine, and that doesn't »
- Russ Fischer
Moviehole says Universal has hired Louis Morneau, director of Joy Ride 2, Carnosaur 2 and Bats (no we weren’t aware of them either) to helm the latest reboot of their classic movie monster ‘The Wolf Man‘. The new movie, currently titled Werewolf is being penned by Michael Tabb (writer of this forgotten ‘gem’) and that we were told last month ‘shares a link’ to the original George Waggner 1941 black and white classic The Wolf Man.
Famously brought to life in 1941 by actor Lon Chaney Jr, the Wolf Man quickly became one of Universal’s best loved horror icons alongside Kaloff’s Frankenstein and Lugosi’s Dracula. Chaney Jr played the character for many years in several sequels and spin offs.
In 2003, Universal attempted to revive all these characters in the dreadful Van Helsing. The movie was a domestic bomb and the studio learned that they needed to put these characters »
- Tom Ryan
Since Universal's attempt to revive the classic movie monster Wolfman pretty much fell flat on its face, the studio has since wisely decided against a sequel. However, still interested in keeping the moonlighting monster alive in pop culture, Universal is instead crafting another remake of the classic monster movie, but this time with the title of Werewolf. Moviehole also reports that Louis Morneau, the man behind horror sequels like Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, The Hitcher: I've Been Waiting, Carnosaur 2, and Bats starring Lou Diamond Phillips, will be at the helm of this new remake working from a script by Michael Tabb. Apparently this project will have some sort of link to the original George Waggner film from 1941, so this may be like a pseudo-sequel/reboot rather than a straight-up remake. The plan is to have the film ready for production in the fall and casting will begin very soon. »
- Ethan Anderton
After Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnson's critically muddled Wolfman, Universal Studios decided to reboot the beast once more and this time they've hired Louis Morneau (Joy Ride 2) for the job. Director Louis Morneau is notorious for his low budget horror flicks, mainly consisting of direct to video sequels such as The Hitcher II and Carnosaur II. His biggest project is likely the B-movie romp Bats, which starred Lou Diamond Phillips. The upcoming Werewolf will be a period piece much like the recent Benicio Del Toro headlined Wolfman. Despite the criticisms Wolfman received regarding story structure and performances, the film went on to win an Academy Award for its makeup effects. The basis for the new reboot comes from a script by Michael Tabb, which was actually »
- Keven Skinner
Blockbuster – the one-time giant in the home video rental business which went bankrupt last September – was bought at auction this past week by Dish Network for $320 million. According to Dish, it intends to combine its wireless technology with Blockbuster’s brand name recognition, studio relationships and digital rights to re-establish Blockbuster as a player in the direct-to-home market against Netflix and newer contenders like Amazon and a Warner Bros. online rental service to be offered on Facebook.
However this plays out long-term, the auction buy is the last page in a final chapter begun back in September when Blockbuster busted. To trot out the old cliché, it’s the – everybody now — end of an era.
The business Blockbuster used to be in seemed revolutionary in its day, though it seems almost quaint now; come Friday, some delegate from the family would trot to the neighborhood video store hoping to get »
- Bill Mesce
6 items from 2011
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