The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man is a 2009 horror film that is a remake of the 1941 Universal Studios classic The Wolf Man. The remake is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Benicio del Toro. The Wolf Man is slated for release on February 13, 2009.In March 2006, Universal Studios announced the remake of The Wolf Man with actor Benicio del Toro (a fan of the original film and collector of Wolf Man memorabilia) in the lead role. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was attached to the screenplay, developing the original film’s story to include additional characters as well as plot points that would take advantage of modern visual effects. In February 2007, director Mark Romanek was attached to helm The Wolf Man. The film was scheduled for aNovember 12, 2008 release, before being pushed back to early 2009 in September 2007.

In January 2008, Romanek left the project because of “creative differences”. Brett Ratner emerged as a frontrunner to replace Romanek, but the studio also met with Frank Darabont, James Mangold and Joe Johnston. They were also interested in Bill Condon, and Martin Campbell was interested. Johnston was hired to direct on February 3,2008, and the film’s shooting schedule and budget remained as intended. Johnston hired David Self to rewrite the script.[4] The film will cost US$85 million to make, and shooting will be conducted in the United Kingdom. Shooting began in March 2008.

Rick Baker is creating the make-up for The Wolf Man. When he heard Universal was remaking the film, he eagerly pursued it, as both The Wolf Man and Frankensteininspired him to become a make-up artist as a child. He acknowledged transforming Del Toro was difficult because he is a hairy man: “Going from Benicio to Benicio as the Wolf Man isn’t a really extreme difference. Like when I did An American Werewolf in London, we went from this naked man to a four-legged hound from hell, and we had a lot of room to go from the transformation and do a lot of really extreme things. Here we have Benicio Del Toro, who’s practically the Wolf Man already, to Benicio Del Toro with more hair and bigger teeth.” The make-up takes three hours to apply, and one hour to remove. New pieces of latex prosthetic makeup and loose hair is applied to Del Toro’s face each day, while several dentures and wigs were created in case some were damaged.


~ by darkdestroyer on March 24, 2008.

One Response to “The Wolf Man”

  1. Another remake…with another Hollywood hack in charge. The original is a lovely piece of work and there was no necessity (except Hollywood’s love for the derivative) to re-do a classic bit of cinema. Are there no new ideas out there, for God’s sake?

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