NBC Developing ‘The Wolfman’ TV Series to Join ‘Grimm’ and ‘Dracula’

By December 2, 2013
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The Wolfman - 2010

Following their adaptation of the movie monster “Dracula” joining the horror fantasy series “Grimm” on Friday nights, it sounds like NBC wants to stay in horror business with another classic monster coming to the big screen.

Deadline has word that “Dracula” executive producer and head writer Daniel Knauf is working with NBC to develop “The Wolfman,” a series described as a supernatural telenovela based on Universal’s 2010 feature film that starred Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. The film itself was actually a remake of the classic 1941 film.

The series adaptation will follow Lawrence Talbot, who is afflicted by an ancient curse and jacks into the powerful, primordial soul of the alpha-predator to become a Wolfman. Scott Stuber, who produced the 2010 film, will also produce the series through his Bluegrass Films & TV banner along with Universal Television. Here’s the trailer for the 2010 Universal film:

As with “Dracula,” Knauf is writing and executive producing along with Stuber. However, it remains to be seen if this version of the tale will take place in a period setting or in our modern world. Either way, it sounds like Universal is keen on getting audiences interested in their classic movie monsters again.

In addition to the revival of “Dracula” and now “The Wolfman,” Universal is in the process of rebooting The Mummy for a feature film from Mama director Andres Muschietti, producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. There’s even been rumblings of the studio creating a movie monster universe similar to the Marvel Universe with interweaving stories and character crossovers.

For now, audiences will have to be satisfied with the small screen versions of these monsters. It sounds like NBC is building quite an interesting little Friday night of horror that almost calls back to classic television tropes. But we’ll see how long “Dracula” sticks around and if “The Wolfman” has the legs to make it to air.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.