Wolfman Debacle Deja Vu Turned Out to Only Be a False Alarm

January 6, 2010
Source: The Playlist

The Wolfman

It sounds like Universal's monster movie revival The Wolfman will be the next film to get on board the FailBoat as The Playlist reports Donna Langely, Universal's production president, is sitting in the editing room with a brand new unnamed editor. Universal has already brought in editors Mark Goldblatt and Walter Murch to revamp the flick and yet Universal still has The Wolfman on track for release February 12 of this year. Apparently all this editing nonsense is the reason that Danny Elfman dropped out as composer and meanwhile director Joe Johnston is working on his own cut of the film. Cue the scene from Scanners.

You know what, with Joe Johnston deep in pre-production on Captain America for a June start date, how the hell does he have the time to work on his own cut of The Wolfman? This better not be a preview of what we can expect when Johnston steps behind the camera for Marvel. Right now, there's a solid plan to bring an intertwined Marvel Universe to the big screen, and if Johnston messes it up by throwing his stink on Cap's shield, there will be hell to pay. With the long laundry list of problems Universal is having with Wolfman, I wouldn't put any money on the Creature from the Black Lagoon remake seeing the light of day soon either.

Update: Soon after posting this article this morning, we received an email from Universal informing us that the story from The Playlist "contained incorrect information." They explained that there are not competing cuts of Wolfman and that the story should be removed. Additionally, CHUD updated their story with quotes from some producer saying: "The movie's been done for a while. We finished the cut, and obviously we are now mixing and scoring and putting in our final effects right now, but the movie's been finished." So as far as we can tell, there aren't competing cuts of Wolfman being made, and The Playlist story was inaccurate.

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  • Xerxex
    it seemed on the right track, then the news of Elfman leaving seems like the shatterpoint for this film, I hope it all works out in the end, but as of right now I'm not sure.
  • Janny
    the only movie i can think of (that i know of) that seemed to have benifited from shinanigans like this is Payback (mel gibson movie). I've seen both verions and would rate the new edit at 8-8.5 with the directors original at 6-7ish. The trailer for wolfman made it look like a promising movie and I do hope what comes out at the end of this is at least decent
  • germs
    I really don't understand why things like this happen. They brought in veteran editors and still were not satisfied. It seems to me that the studio will keep bring in editors until someone cuts together the film they want, not the best film possible. Honestly, that is the only way any of this makes sense.
  • Nope, can't put my faith in this. It's a damn shame because it's got an AWESOME cast. Benicio, Hopkins, Weaving. Could HAVE been a great film, but with all these crucial productions problems it would be impossible for it to really turn out being any good. HH
  • notes
    On a positive note, I love the fail boat link.
  • Spider
    I sure wish I knew what the deal was with this flick! The trailer is great; the cast is freakin' AWESOME; Johnston-the director seemed ok with what looked like a potential hit all around!! I sure hope this flick turns out good!!
  • Nasty Nate
    Sounds like a total train wreck.
  • Dave Lister, JMC
    Beaks over at AICN has posted an update, to his original post, that includes direct quotes, from the film's producer Scott Stuber. This rumor of an editing impasse, between Joe Johnston and the studio has been debunked. The 'R' rating is locked in and Walter Murch was brought on board to help edit the scheduled reshoots; and the release date was only pushed back to complete some intricate effects work on some London exterior shots. Here is the link to Beaks' report:
  • guh
    #4 & #7....i guarantee you that this movie will still kick ass and own the dumbass "werewolves" from twilight, i have so much faith in this movie and i will be there in the theaters the day it comes out, FTW "Wolfman" and Universal Studios!!!




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