Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We have written about our trepidation over Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters several times now. Sure, the “shared universe” approach works wonders for the likes of Marvel, but is it really the right way to approach classic characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy? Do we need Van Helsing to brush shoulders with the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Will he have to endure jokes about Samuel L. Jackson showing up after the credits to recruit the monsters for a secret team? It’s enough to cause Universal monster fans to break out in an icy sweat.
But enough of that for now. These movies are happening! And while The Mummy is happening first, it looks like The Wolf Man reboot will be next in line. It has a release date and everything.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Universal has been working hard to get a Marvel-style Monsters franchise off the ground. Their efforts kicked off this year with Dracula Untold, which included a hastily tacked-on epilogue to fit in with the rest of the universe, and will continue in 2016 with the Mummy reboot.
Now it looks like the Wolf Man could be the next to get a 21st century makeover. The studio is reportedly courting Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski to pen the script. More details on the Wolf Man reboot after the jump.
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Over the weekend, Mondo opened their fourth gallery show in Austin, Texas and it was without a doubt their biggest yet. The theme was Universal Monsters and it featured not only brand new work by the legendary Drew Struzan, but all new screenprints and art from the likes of Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Scott Campbell, Mike Mitchell, JC Richard and others.
We posted a few of the earlier images at this link but, after the jump, check out our favorites from the rest including stunning posters for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Bride of Frankenstein and many more. Read More »
UPDATE: We’ve added three new images.
It’s the gallery show they were was born to do. In the past, Mondo has released posters for all the Universal Monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man and The Mummy. Obviously, they’re monster fans, and after Mondo opened their own gallery, it was only a matter of time before the monsters took over that space. That time is now.
The Universal Monsters show at the Mondo Gallery opens on Friday October 19 and it’ll feature new work not only by top Mondo artists such as Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor, Jason Edminson, Rich Kelly, Phantom City Creative and JC Richard, living legends Rick Baker and Drew Struzan will also have work in the show. Yes, the Oscar winning makeup artist and greatest poster artist ever, returning just as we said he would.
After the jump, check out three of Struzan’s seven original pieces from the show, three of the additional posters that’ll be on display, and find out what the next show might be. (Hint: In England. Olly Moss.) Read More »
The modern incarnations of the Universal’s classic monster stable haven’t quite had the best luck. And by ‘modern’ I mean in the last twenty years: Francis Ford Coppola kicked things off with his not-quite-canonical retelling of Dracula, and Kenneth Branagh bombed with his take on Frankenstein. (Neither of which were Universal films, however.)
Fast-forward several years, and Universal did a slightly better job with The Mummy, which at least found an audience, even if it did not quite match the original film. But a revival of The Wolfman, which should have been a pretty simple prospect, turned into a complicated and over-budget production when director Mark Romanek left and Joe Johnston came on board. The film was poorly received and underperformed at the box office, though it did score an Oscar for makeup.
Now, if one report is correct, Universal has decided that plans for a sequel to that film aren’t quite as good as plans to reboot it altogether. Read More »
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I’m bunching up two different Cool Stuff posts here, but just as I was about to highlight the two great new Alamo Drafthouse posters for The Wolf Man and The Wolfman I saw this tasty little Soylent Green t-shirt that I thought folks might get a kick out of. And because the shirt is from TeeFury it is available today only — about ten more hours, to be exact. Then again, the two posters might not last much longer than that. Hit the break for details on all of them. Read More »
Academy Award-winning special effects makeup artist Rick Baker has posted some concept art of Benicio Del Toro‘s transformation in Joe Johnson’s The Wolf Man on zbrushcentral.com (found via Shock).
34-year-old illustrator/designer Tom Whalen has been creating geekarific fan art for the last few years. His original Star Wars posters (seen above) are reminiscent of Eric Tan’s work (which we’ve featured recently on the site). Click on the image above for a better look.
“I love those movies (the Star Wars trilogy) and had to pay homage to them!” Whalen told me before confirming that a Return of the Jedi poster is also planned, “complete with Slave Leia”.
The art is created using a mechanical pencil and adobe illustrator. Whalen says his style is heavily inspired by Russian constructivist poster art, the design of Saul Bass, years of comic book collecting and his “unhealthy obsession with Japanese giant monster movies”.
“Like many others, I’m sick to death of tired photoshop montages passing as movie poster art!”
Whalen works as an editorial illustrator for a medical magazine. While experimenting with styles a few years back, he has come up with the graphic profile that’s been evolving ever since.
“I [was] inspired by the fantastic painted art that always accompanied horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.”
“My all-time favorite horror film is halloween… I may work up a full movie poster for that one once October rolls around!”
So what’s up next?
“I have a few commissions lined up right now and i’m creating a line of original faux movie posters for cinema-suicide… as well working as the biggest project of them all… a four-week old newborn!”
“I haven’t done any professional movie work, but it really is a dream of mine…”
Whalen sells some of his art at conventions and festivals, so if you’re looking on obtaining a print or have any commission work, contact Tom directly at email@example.com. Or you can check out more of Tom’s creations on his DeviantArt profile or his portfolio blog StrongStuff.net.
Cool Stuff is a daily feature of slashfilm.com. Know of any geekarific creations or cool products which should be featured on Cool Stuff? E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see Rick Baker, given him a high five! The genius of movie make-up behind American Werewolf in London has once again created one helluva Wolfman! Yes, that is Benecio Del Toro fully transformed into the full moon-friendly title beast in director Joe Johnston‘s The Wolfman. EW got first dibbs on these two images from the 2009 horror flick co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt along with a pretty cool interview with Baker. Here’s an excerpt…
How much did you update the makeup from the  original?
Rick Baker: It’s actually more frightening. But I still wanted to be true to the original and show respect for it. What’s interesting about those two pictures is that there’s one that he’s kind of facing forward and you see a little more of his body – that’s very much more of a classic Wolfman shot; it looks more like the Chaney version. The close-up one is a more frightening and dynamic version. Even though it’s the same makeup [as the first picture], he can do a lot more than Lon Chaney could do with the makeup. It’s cool that there’s something for the old-school guys, and the other picture is more for the guys who don’t even know what the Wolfman is but can see that picture and still go, ”Oh, that’s cool!”
Discuss: On a scale of 1-10 howls, how sweet are these images? Â