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?
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?