Check This Out: Rick Baker's Concept Art for Wolf Man
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2009
The last story we wrote about Joe Johnston's upcoming Wolf Man movie was late last year and it was about Universal deciding to push the release from April until November. Hence why it's great to finally have something to write about from Wolf Man, because I don't want this movie to get lost in the mix as we wait the nine remaining months until its release. Thanks to both SlashFilm and ShockTillYouDrop, a bunch of concept art depicting Benicio Del Toro's transformation into the Wolf Man was found on the ZBrushCentral forums. And if that teaser image above is any indication, these are pretty frickin' awesome to see.
You can check out the photo below of all the individual pieces arranged together or click on it to head over to the forums and find each of the shots individually. They were produced by special effects artist Rick Baker, who has been working on this project for a while, as we've known from the very beginning.
As far as I can tell, these look like maquettes or even bronze statues that Baker created for use on Wolf Man. If anyone can tell me if these are actually sculpts or paintings, let me know, as I'd like to actually have my facts straight. Benicio Del Toro plays Lawrence Talbot, who is bitten by a werewolf and turns into one. His human love interest is played by Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins plays his father, Sir John Talbot. Hugo Weaving plays Detective Aberline who investigates the murders. The Wolf Man is being directed by Joe "Captain America" Johnston and is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 6th later this year.
Its cool and all, but they best have a good story along with it, or these images are all for nothing. Oh, and if theres a teen-wolf-style father/son twist, or that it was his dad who bit him, or Benicio is now "part of a war that's been battling for ages" I'll be super disappointed...Enraged and annoyed actually.
Voice of Reason on Feb 27, 2009
Nice to see the general film review folk wandering into the 3D forums. The new pelting tools for 3D modeling have really opened the doors for some great work. Now we need Rick to show an animation blend of the 2 models - man to beast.
dom on Feb 27, 2009
Benicio Del Toro is gonna rock our shit with this movie.,
Darunia on Feb 27, 2009
Why is there nothing on this movie? Comes out this year and there's still no information. I'm curious.
wassssssuuuuuupppppppp on Feb 27, 2009
The concept art by Rick Baker is neither sculpting or painting. They're done in a 3-D computer program called ZBrush, which Rick has been using for the past few years.
Kgammill on Feb 27, 2009
Kgammill is right. Rick has been using it for a few years now. These are pretty cool but I've seen some other concept work he's done for other projects and it's truly amazing. The program only allows you to sculpt in a cgi format. It doesn't do much of the work for you. You still have to be crazy talented to get these kind of results. Trust me I'm still learning how to work the damn thing!
Bryanmakeup on Feb 27, 2009
Fisherr on Feb 27, 2009
OMG! Finally something that has Darunia excited! This cast and Director will not dissapoint. Those of us who know the orginal story know that is not the case "Reason." This is a top-notch effort and production! ..... WILL NOT FAIL! Hugo Weaving and Sir Anthony Hopkins in the same film! Holy Shit! Thanks #6 for the insight!!!
Tim 'Cloverfield" on Feb 27, 2009
The plot sounds similar to Mike Nichols film "Wolf" with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. I hope it's decent. I've never been that impressed with Joe Johnston, so we'll see...
Quanah on Feb 28, 2009
Detective Aberline was an actually real life detective who lead the manhunt for Jack the Ripper.
John J on Feb 28, 2009
I think this is going to be amazing. I heard a lot about the filming which took place mostly in London. Cool sets, cool concepts...its going to bring something new to the table to talk about.
Jack on Mar 1, 2009
Kgammil is right, it's done using zbrush. i've been following ricks post on the zbrush website for quite some time now. check out some of the art people make with this program, it's amazing. http://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/gallery/
GordonTarpley on Mar 4, 2009
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