The Wolf Man Reshoots Were to Revise the Werewolf Dynamics?
Back in early May, we ran an article about Joe Johnston's The Wolf Man going back for extensive reshoots to add more action. We didn't know much about what was going on, except that Universal had pushed the release back an entire seven months and seemed to be sparing no expense on these new scenes. However, a new report from England's The Daily Mail (via SlashFilm) not only confirms the reshoots, but claims that they were made because the dynamics of the werewolf bad been tweaked. Originally, it walked upright on its hind two legs, like a human, but now he'll be attack from all fours, like an actual wolf. Interesting change.
"The Wolf was on its heels and it looked daft," an actor explained. While director Joe Johnston did work on some of the new scenes, most of it was shot by Vic Armstong, a veteran stuntman who also does work as a second unit director. "Vic came up with a great confrontation between the Wolf Man and the Werewolf. They really go after each other and it's dramatic and exciting, whereas the stuff they shot first time round was limp." Word is that these new scenes involved Benicio Del Toro, who plays the lead character Lawrence Talbot, as well as Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins, who plays Del Toro's father, Sir John Talbot.
Universal did also confirm the reshoots. "The full articulation of the transformational lead character will be realised when the film is completed and we are excited to share his incredible look with the world in the upcoming trailer." Those who were at the Comic-Con panel last year were treated to a trailer for The Wolf Man, which received a fairly positive reaction. Now it's a year later and I have a feeling they'll be back in San Diego again to show us a new version of the trailer. As for when that will show up online, we're not sure. But you should mark November 6th down in your calendar - as that's the day The Wolf Man arrives in theaters.