Newsflash: The Wolfman Remake Sucked. Even Director Joe Johnston Says So!


Although I honestly didn’t think that Joe Johnston’s remake of “The Wolfman” was all that terrible, apparently a lot of people were not overly impressed with the director’s big-budget reimagining of the beloved genre classic. In order to set the record straight, Johnston recently told Comic Book Movie why, exactly, he decided to tackle the project in the first place. Additionally, he takes full responsibility for the film’s inherent lameness. The reason: It would seem that Johnston was having money problems at the time, and “The Wolfman” was an easy solution. Give the guy some credit — at least he admitted it.

Here’s a bit of the original article to substantiate these claims:

CAPTAIN AMERICA was a lot of things. Every picture has its highs and lows, its dreads and excited anticipations. To fully understand the CAPTAIN AMERICA experience, I have to keep reminding myself that I had just come off another film I shot in the UK, THE WOLFMAN,

The two experiences could not have been more different, in fact in many ways (certainly not all) they were polar opposites. I had three weeks of prep on WOLFMAN, a ridiculously inadequate amount of time to try to bring together the fractured and scattered pieces of the production. I had taken the job mostly because I had a cash flow problem, the only time in my career I’ve ever let finances enter into the decision process. Money is always the wrong reason for doing something that requires passionate devotion. The production was a leaky, rudderless ship in a perfect storm suffering from bad decisions, infighting, reluctance of the powers-that-be to take responsibility, and too many under-qualified cooks in the kitchen. The good news and bad news about directing is that when the picture works you’re showered with all the credit and when it doesn’t work you’re dumped on with all the blame. Both scenarios are undeserved. I take full responsibility for THE WOLFMAN not working because it goes with the territory.

I won’t hold it against you this time, Mr. Johnston, Unless, of course, you screw up “Captain America”. Then I can’t help you at all.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Romeo Garcia

    C’mon!!!!..The wolfman wasnt too bad it all…I mean the movie have great make up and special effects…And of course great actors like DEL TORO,HOPKINS,HEAVING,BLUNT…so is not so bad

  • Juggernaut

    Upon watching the director’s cut I hated the movie. However, a few months later some friends were over who hadn’t seen it yet and I figured “what the hell?” We watched the heatrical release this time around and it was way better. The director’s cut lingeed too much on certain things that weren’t that important. After watching the shorter, leaner, more streamlined version I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not a terrible movie, it’s just not a good movie. That has pretty much been my opinion about most of Johnston’s films. Hopefully he will deliver a good film with CATFA.

  • Hela

    I liked wolfman,i thought it was a good movie.