Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”), Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Mist”), James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) and Joe Johnston (“Gremlins,” “Jurassic Park III”) have either met or will meet with Universal Pictures and several producers in coming days to takeover direction of the studio’s $100 million “The Wolf Man” remake says The Hollywood Reporter.
The studio is also keen on Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” Kinsey”) on the project which Mark Romanek departed earlier this week. Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale,” “Goldeneye”) was interested, but he is no longer in contention.
The biggest challenge the studio faces is that due to the strike, any filmmaker coming on board takes on a locked script overseen by Romanek over several years. Ratner is emerging as the strongest contender because he has experience in taking over “X-Men: The Last Stand” when director Bryan Singer left that project.
Another potential wrinkle is star Benicio Del Toro who is known to be choosy, might have a say in the process. The studio is expected to set the new helmer next week for a dedicated March start-of-shooting date.