What's happening with Benicio Del Toro's 'Wolf Man'?

0

Comments

Add +

The release of Benicio Del Toro's long-gestating horror remake 'Wolf Man' has been pushed back even further

The release of Universal Pictures' long-gestating remake of the 1941 horror classic ‘The Wolf Man’ has been delayed yet again. The film, which stars Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, was originally due to come out in spring of this year, but was then pushed back to November. Now we’ve learned that the film won’t actually reach our screens until February 2010.

None of which means the film is necessarily going to be bad. The first trailer – which screened as part of a Comic-Con panel in 2008 and was subsequently bootlegged online – looks pretty gripping, with Del Toro, Hopkins and Emily Blunt in full Victorian garb, lots of eerie, mist-shrouded wolf attacks and outrageous bloodshed. Both the star and director Joe Johnston (‘Jurassic Park 3’, ‘Jumanji’) have talked extensively and convincingly about their vision for the film, pitching it as old-school Universal horror thrills coupled with dark-edged modern psychodrama.

But the film seems to have had its share of hitches. Original director Mark Romanek (‘One Hour Photo’) walked before shooting even started, citing the film’s $100 million budget as the stumbling block. That budget has subsequently grown, as the studio suggested that Johnston, a rather leftfield choice to replace Romanek, reshoot some scenes during post-production.

The Wolf Man’ was always a fairly risky prospect: the public’s appetite for old-fashioned horror seems to have waned in recent years, replaced by a desire for hi-tech comic-book thrills. Del Toro is hardly a megastar, and the  box office accrued by his recent ‘Che’ films has been disappointing. And the film certainly looks like fairly intense, even cheerless viewing – a good sign for those of us who prefer a bit of grit in our blockbusters rather than wimpy ‘Van Helsing’ frippery, but a hard sell for a major studio, even following ‘The Dark Knight’.

Despite these reservations, anticipation for the film remains high. Let’s hope Del Toro and Johnston can utilise this extra time to produce what could conceivably be one of next year’s multiplex highlights: a full-blooded, heart-in-the-mouth horror blockbuster.

Author: Tom Huddleston



Users say



Top Stories

Meet the dream team: a preview of ‘Les Misérables’

Meet the dream team: a preview of ‘Les Misérables’

Director Tom Hooper and his cast tell us how they turned the super-musical into movie blockbuster.

Oscar predictions

Oscar predictions

The Time Out film team weighs in on the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards

January film highlights 2013

January film highlights 2013

Get ready for the big guns… Spielberg, Tarantino and Bigelow

October film highlights

October film highlights

Daniel Craig’s 007 comeback, a genius indie romcom and all the mysteries behind ‘The Shining’ unravelled.

The Time Out film debate 2012 highlights

The Time Out film debate 2012 highlights

The results of our study on the state of films and filmgoing in 2012.

Read 'Time Out film debate 2012 highlights'

Martin Freeman interview

Martin Freeman interview

'The Hobbit' actor tells us why he wouldn't have a pint with Bilbo Baggins.

Sam Mendes interview

Sam Mendes interview

Dave Calhoun speaks to the director of 'Skyfall' about the latest film in the Bond franchise.

Ang Lee interview

Ang Lee interview

The genre-hopping director tells us how he invented a new genre with 'Life of Pi'

Michael Haneke interview

Michael Haneke interview

The twice Palme d'Or-winning director discusses 'Amour'.

Read our interview with Michael Haneke

Thomas Vinterberg interview

Thomas Vinterberg interview

The Danish director talks about his powerful new drama 'The Hunt'.

Read our interview with Thomas Vinterberg'

Ten things the 'Twilight' movies did for us

Ten things the 'Twilight' movies did for us

Time Out looks back at the impact of the 'Twilight' saga.

Discover what 'Twilight' has done for us

On the set of 'Sightseers'

On the set of 'Sightseers'

Time Out heads to the Lake District to visit director Ben Wheatley on set.

Read about our visit to the 'Sightseers' set

Tim Burton interview

Tim Burton interview

The director talks about 'Frankenweenie', which he describes as 'the ultimate memory piece'.

Read our interview with Tim burton

The top ten Christmas films of 2012

The top ten Christmas films of 2012

Our pick of the best films showing over the festive period.

Read 'The top ten Christmas films of 2012'

What's your film guilty pleasure?

What's your film guilty pleasure?

Mean Girls? Dirty Dancing? Tell us your favourite film guilty pleasure.

Read 'Film guilty pleasures'

When teen stars turn serious

When teen stars turn serious

Ten young actors come of age on the silver screen.

Read 'When teen stars turn serious'

50 years of James Bond

50 years of James Bond

From Connery to Craig, we revisit all 22 Bond films.

Read '50 years of James Bond'

Paul Thomas Anderson interview

Paul Thomas Anderson interview

The director talks Scientology and working with Joaquin Phoenix.

Read the interview

Hilarious horror films

Hilarious horror films


Ten funny horror movies which went spectacularly off the rails.

Read 'Hilarious horror films'

Martin McDonagh interview

Martin McDonagh interview

The director talks psychopaths and theatre – 'my least favourite artform'.

Read the interview

Autumn horror films

Autumn horror films

We round-up the five best horror movies of Autumn 2012.

Read about this Autumn's best horror movies

On the set of Skyfall

On the set of Skyfall

Time Out visits Istanbul to see the latest Bond movie being made.

Read 'On the set of Skyfall'

Bond: then and now

Bond: then and now

Does Skyfall refresh or rehash the James Bond franchise?

Sally Potter interview

Sally Potter interview

The British director explains why 'Ginger and Rosa' is her most mainstream film yet.

Daniel Craig interview

Daniel Craig interview

'I’m almost as in demand as Brad Pitt’