Ryan Gosling’s ‘Wolfman’ Gears Up at Common as Director Choice Nears (EXCLUSIVE)

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Months after Common efficiently relaunched its monster universe with Elisabeth Moss’s “The Invisible Man,” the studio is pushing forward for “Wolfman” — which is being developed as a starring car for Ryan Gosling — to be the subsequent film based mostly on its catalog of iconic creatures.

Sources inform Selection that executives at Common have been assembly with administrators over the previous month and may very well be making a call quickly on who will take the reins behind the digital camera. Whereas there is no such thing as a frontrunner on the time, Cory Finley, who not too long ago acquired rave evaluations for steering HBO’s drama “Dangerous Schooling with Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, is alleged to be within the combine for the job.

Common had no remark.

At one level, Gosling was going to presumably direct, along with starring, however after quite a few discussions they determined it might be finest for him to simply act.

It’s unknown what the brand new tackle “Wolfman” will appear like, although it’s believed to be set in current instances and within the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nightcrawler,” with an apparent supernatural twist.

Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote for Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” penned the script, which is predicated on an authentic pitch by Gosling.

Gosling’s take fell in keeping with the studio’s new imaginative and prescient for its monster motion pictures. Common had initially deliberate on creating an interconnected universe with its huge catalog of monster IP. Nevertheless, the studio reassessed after “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise misfired, and determined to maneuver ahead with filmmaker-driven initiatives based mostly on the monsters’ legacies, specializing in what made the characters endure over time. As a substitute of prescribing a mandate that the movies be half of a bigger scheme, Common loosened these restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers to create their very own distinctive tales.

Everybody from James Wan to Paul Feig and John Krasinski has given pitches on the characters they’d like to sort out. Every of these movies are in varied phases of improvement, with many which might be simply pitches nonetheless in search of writers. However studio insiders have confused that by loosening the universe restrictions, it permits for extra alternatives to current themselves and the hope of the subsequent monster film having related outcomes as “The Invisible Man.” “The Invisible Man” price $7 million to make, and earned $122 million on the field workplace earlier than film theaters had been pressured to shut because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Timing for “Wolfman” can be in query. Whereas it appears to be in good place to get off the bottom, an actual manufacturing begin date continues to be up within the air. Apart from the truth that Gosling himself must shut a deal to star, he’s additionally at present set to guide an untitled astronaut movie at MGM. That film, an adaptation of “The Martian” writer Andy Weir’s upcoming novel, not too long ago employed Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct. By all accounts, that appears to Gosling’s subsequent challenge.

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