Universal Confirms New “Wolfman”…So Listen to My rant

Everyone remembers Universal’s 2010 reboot of the The Wolfman franchise. And you’ll remember that the popular verdict was…meh. With a generic plot, sub-par acting, and a generally dismal art direction, the movie left much to be wanted. Well, Universal is hoping to rekindle some fanboy love with their recently announced reboot. That’s right, only one year after their latest attempt the studio has announced a reboot…of a reboot.

As dumbfounding as it may seem, these types of movies are becoming more and more popular in Hollywood. It’s as if studios just want to say ‘oopsies’ and pretend like all of their bad films never happened, but all of these reboots, alternate dimensions, and re-envisioned films leave me with one undying sentiment…confusion.

Why not make these films right the first time? Why waste hundreds of millions of dollars on a film when all of the tell tale signs of box office mediocrity are staring studio executives right in the face?

And as if having another reboot of The Wolfman series wasn’t bad enough, Universal’s planning to release this one to the Straight to DVD market.

Really? What’s the point? Universal’s monster movies were major blockbusters during the golden era of Hollywood, and they can be legitimate blockbusters now. Does anyone remember their recent billion dollar revival of The Mummy series? If that franchise can return from the ashes, so can The Wolfman.

Sure, 2010’s wolfie film starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins wasn’t exactly the paramount (haha, get it) of horror film excellence. But it wasn’t half bad? Why restart the franchise with another film, especially one that’ll be released straight to DVD. Why not go forward with a direct sequel, or at least one that’s tied into the previous film.

We all know that there’s no easy way to guarantee a blockbuster in today’s film market. While unoriginal, tech savy films like the Transformers series are dealt billion dollar box office receipts, other such attempts fall flat on their face…just like 2010’s The Wolfman. Although some of you might disagree, I would lump both into the same category: CGI stuffed films that pander to fanboy nostalgia. But why is wolfie so unsuccessful? Are there that few remaining fans of the original Universal monsters? Has the brutal, gore-filled state of current horror films completely destroyed the chances of these reboots?

I’m honestly not sure how to answer these questions. You tell me.

Here’s the official synopsis for the new film:

The movie amps up the action and the werewolf count with a tale set in an unnamed 19th century European village where a werewolf attack draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans. A young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of bounty hunters but “it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf.