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Another Universal Monster-based Series heads to NBC

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As DRACULA currently resides on NBC’s Friday nights, another of his classic monster brethren is being groomed to join him.  Daniel Knauf, who produces and is the head writer for the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring Drac series is developing a show based around THE WOLFMAN.

I spell it as such because, according to Deadline, the upcoming series will take its cue from the not-so-bad 2010 WOLFMAN redo starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt. Its synopsis however, is without any defining characteristics that would link it to such. Instead, it sounds like the general outline of both THE WOLFMAN 2010 and the original, classic THE WOLF MAN (1941); the site writes, “It centers on Lawrence Talbot, who is afflicted by an ancient curse…” Considering the alterations I hear DRACULA is having fun with and the general longer form storytelling and diversions that televisions allows, it seems hard to expect any direct correlation other than the Talbot name and traditional story. The most significant connection seems to be the carrying over of producer Scott Stuber.

Knauf is also developing a telenovela which follows six supernatural governesses in affluent Los Angeles neighborhood, Hancock Park. That show is currently untitled, while THE WOLFMAN was not announced with a projected date/season.

 

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  • Joshua Clark

    The 2010 movie had its flaws, but was far from terrible. Would love to see how it does on the small screen.

  • Evil B.

    I loved The Wolfman remake, even though it felt more Hammer than Universal (they would have had to film in black and white for a Universal feel). There are problems with the script, but the overall sense of atmosphere is excellent. And it shows you can do a horrorfilm that is about creating atmosphere, but also has lots of gore – as usual one tends to think it has to be one or the other.

  • Richie

    I wholeheartedly agree. I feel the 2010 movie was very unfarily maligned. While it’s far from perfect, it was a delightfully atmospheric, handsomely directed and acted old-fashioned monster movie. The cast was spot-on, Danny Elfman’s score was perfect, and the production design (including Rick Baker’s Wolf Man makeup) was wonderful. If there was any flaw, it was with the script itself. It’s evident that the problems with the film stem from a script that needed more work, and from all the continual interference and pestering by studio execs that Joe Johnston had to endure. Considering all the BS he had to put with from the studio suits, it’s remarkable the movie turned out as good as it did.

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