Universal Pictures will scare up a new version of its horror classic "The Wolf Man," with Benicio Del Toro playing the title role. Se7en
screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker has begun writing the script. Scott Stuber, Rick Yorn, Mary Parent and Del Toro will produce.
Like the 1941 original that starred Lon Chaney Jr., the new film will be set in Victorian England. Del Toro will play a man who returns from America to his ancestral homeland, gets bitten by a werewolf and begins a hairy moonlight existence.
Walker spent several months working on some frightening new twists to a familiar tale, adding several characters and plot points that take advantage of cutting-edge visual effects technology.
Walker will turn in his first draft by the spring, and the producers and studio are optimistic that The Wolf Man
will shoot early in 2007, after Del Toro completes Guerrilla
, the Che Guevara film being directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The expectation is that The Wolf Man
will be a summer 2008 tentpole