Ratner, Darabont, Mangold and Johnston for Wolfman

Mark Romanek may not want to have anything to do with the upcoming Universal horror project “The Wolf Man”, but other directors are not so shy. Brett Ratner, Frank Darabont, James Mangold, and Joe Johnston have either all met, or are expected to meet with Universal to direct the project, says The Hollywood Reporter.


The biggest challenge the studio faces is its inability to work on the script because of the writers strike. Any filmmaker coming on board takes on a locked script, overseen by Romanek over several years, and many directors want to put their stamp on it. Martin Campbell is one helmer who was interested, but he is no longer in contention.

Another potential wrinkle is star Benicio Del Toro. The actor, known to be choosy with parts and directors, might have a say in the process.

At the moment, fan-favorite (just kidding boys) Brett Ratner is the frontrunner.

Ratner, Darabont, Mangold and Johnston for Wolfman