Moviehole is reporting that Louis Morneau, whose past directing credits include “Bats” and “The Hitcher 2: I’ve Been Waiting,” among others, is going to direct another remake of Universal’s classic “The Wolf Man,” scarcely a year after Uni’s last effort at reviving the franchise was widely panned.
Despite considerable star power (Benicio Del Toro starred, supported perhaps more than he deserved to be by an earnest Emily Blunt and an over-the-top Anthony Hopkins), last year’s “The Wolfman” received no less than a critical drubbing. Though around the time of its release Universal was reportedly already planning a sequel, this tepid reception made them rethink their strategy.
Apparently, the result of this brainstorm is an innovative plan to create yet another remake of the original film rather than a sequel to the latest remake (there have already been no fewer than 8, including–sigh–”Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman”). To distinguish it from last year’s effort, this new film will be called “Werewolf,” perhaps in a departure from the very human-oriented storyline of the 1941 Lon Chaney, Jr. original.
Though Morneau’s CV may make the classic horror loyalists among us more than a little nervous, the fact that he spent time under the tutelage of none other than Roger Corman can only serve to make “Werewolf,” if nothing else, a bit more interesting than its 2010 predecessor. Here’s hoping for some true B-movie goodness!