With franchise-building a key factor in studio filmmaking these days, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Universal announced that they’d be dipping into their archives of classic movie monsters to create a Marvel-style shared universe. Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy reboot will be the first out of the gate with a June 24, 2016 release date already penciled in, and now it seems that the mystery movie set for 2017 is going to be a remake of The Wolfman, which will be written by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski.
THR reports that Guzikowski has joined Kurtzman and Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan in a “writers collective” that also includes “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley and Men in Black and Now You See Me writer Ed Solomon. Modeled after Pixar’s brain trust (or a TV writers’ room), the group will offer input and help on each other’s screenplays as they create a connected world that features classic movie monsters like The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Wolfman, The Mummy, Dracula, The Invisible Man, and more.
Guzikowki’s The Wolfman is the only other project announced in the report (aside from The Mummy), so it stands to reason that will be the next movie up in 2017. They claim that Hawley and Solomon “have yet to take point on projects as the plan is still unfolding,” which is weird considering an early report that Hawley was already at work on a script for a movie in this franchise. Has that been scrapped? We’re not sure, but either way, these guys are all very talented and it should be interesting to see what kind of cohesive universe they can create and whether their emulating Marvel will be a huge success, a massive failure, or somewhere in between.
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