Ryan Gosling's Wolfman Movie Lands Invisible Man Director

Leigh Whannell on the set of The Invisible Man with Elisabeth Moss.
Leigh Whannell on the set of The Invisible Man with Elisabeth Moss.
Photo: Universal

If you’re going to make a Universal Monsters movie, why not get a director who’s already a proven success in the genre? According to Deadline, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.


Leigh Whannell, director of this year’s horror hit The Invisible Man, is in talks to direct a new Wolfman movie that has Ryan Gosling attached to star. The co-creator of Insidious and Saw will write a treatment of the script, which will then be handled by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, as previously reported.

The company behind Invisible Man, Blumhouse, is also on board to produce, and president Jason Blum confirmed the news on Twitter, announcing “Buckle Up” along with a link to the story.

“I’m very interested in the early Hollywood years of horror films. I’m very interested in Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi,” Whannell told io9 earlier this year when talking about Invisible Man. At the time, it was clear what he liked most about that film was the opportunity to take an iconic, recognizable property and reimagine it for 2020. The idea behind the Wolfman movie is apparently similar. Early reports say Gosling will play a news anchor who gets infected, with an overall vibe evoking movies like Network and Nightcrawler. Whether or not that’s what Whannell is working with is unclear.

However, while it’s obvious that with each new project Whannell gets better and better as a filmmaker, there’s also that “shrug” feeling of a film studio once again going with a tried and true white male director instead of a woman or person of color. Blum himself has been wrapped up in some controversy about this very issue.

That said, The Invisible Man was excellent, Gosling is too, and it feels like this new iteration of the Universal Monsters brand could be taking another big step.


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For those curious: Leigh Whannell also wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller Upgrade, a film I very much recommend which was also the movie he made just before The Invisible Man.

Now, hang on to your socks: He’s also listed on IMDB as being attached to a remake of Escape From New York, which, according to them, is currently in pre-production.

While I’m a skeptic that any remake could do justice to the original John Carpenter film, if you’ve seen Upgrade, suddenly the notion of Whannell directing a remake isn’t that bad a proposition.