Joe Johnston is the Wolfman’s New Director

Breathe easy, fanboys. According to the sewer dwellers at CHUD, “Jurassic Park 3″ director Joe Johnston has snatched the directing gig for “The Wolf Man” away from the much-maligned Brett Ratner, although I’m sure most of you were probably hoping for Frank Darabont. Or actually, most of you probably got what you wanted — anyone but Ratner. Am I right or am I right?

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But Joe Johnston – who’s both friendly with Universal and the studio’s most famous occupant (Spielberg) – landed the gig, and this could be a blessing. On one hand, you want a point-and-shoot guy to capture what Mark Romanek deserted; on the other, you don’t want a dipshit who’ll coarsen the material with a lack of affection for the classic monster material.

Johnston seems to be a slow worker, with only two films to his credit since 2001 — “Jurassic Park 3″ in 2001 and “Hidalgo” in 2004. At this rate, you could expect “The Wolf Man” sometime in, oh, 2009?

Joe Johnston is the Wolfman’s New Director