The Invisible Man's Leigh Whannell to direct Ryan Gosling in new take on The Wolfman
Leigh Whannell, director of Insidious and The Invisible Man, is to lead a new take on The Wolfman.
Whannell, who made over $120 million at the box office with The Invisible Man from a budget of just $7 million, will direct Ryan Gosling in the title role.
According to Deadline, Whannell will write the treatment before handing over script duties to Orange Is The New Black writers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo.
The report states that Whannell initially turned down the project, but was persuaded to reconsider by producer Jason Blum.
The Wolfman began life as a 1941 horror movie with Lon Chaney Jr in the title role.
It followed a character named Larry Talbot, who returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. Out for the evening with a local gorl, he is attacked by Bela, a woman who has turned into a werewolf.
Larry kills the werewolf, but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon, something Larry cannot believe but is quickly forced to come to terms with.
Lon Chaney Jr would go on to play the character in four further sequels.
A remake was made in 2010 with Benicio Del Toro in the lead role, but this new take, however, will revisit the 1941 origin.