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Sunday Scaries: Derek Cianfrance Making a ‘Wolfman’ Film with Ryan Gosling is Exciting Horror News

The Sunday Scaries are upon us once again! Yes, as the weekend concludes, most of us feel an oncoming sense of anticipatory dread about the week ahead. Anxiety about work manifests itself into a feeling that’s known as the Sunday Scaries. However, we at Awards Radar are here to combat that, by taking back the name. Now, we want you think about a horror-centric piece on the site when you hear the term. So, let us continue on with another installment of the Awards Radar Sunday Scaries! Today, some recent horror news has caught our attention, and as an added bonus, it includes some Oscar caliber talents…

For those of you who don’t know, we reported here that the Ryan Gosling led Wolfman film had landed a new director. Initially, The Invisible Man filmmaker Leigh Whannell was set to helm. However, now it’s going to be Derek Cianfrance. On the surface, this might seem like an odd choice, considering Cianfrance’s prior output. However, if you look at what he’s done with Gosling, you’ll know that the possibilities here are very exciting. The potential is pretty much limitless.

Cianfrance and Gosling previously worked together on the masterpiece Blue Valentine (nearly getting the latter an Oscar nomination alongside nominated co-star Michelle Williams), as well as the deeply underrated The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling is now a two-time Academy Award nominee in Best Actor, while Cianfrance scored his first nod last year for helping to pen Sound of Metal. Even if Wolfman may not be likely to score them further noms, the Academy will almost certainly take notice of them more in the years to come. Regardless of awards, seeing them team up to make a werewolf tale, one supposedly with a satire of cable news, to boot, is a delicious set up for success.

This is exciting just because of how emotionally powerful the prior Derek Cianfrance / Ryan Gosling pairings have been. One has to assume that Cianfrance sees the same potential here, with the added bonus of working in genre. Gosling apparently pitched him the concept too, as he’s had a major hand in developing the idea. So, if he’s excited (well, both of them are excited, and excited about working with each other), that’s good enough for me.

Now, this Wolfman flick may not work. Cianfrance has a fairly indie sensibility, and that’s no sure sign of success with genre film. Just ask Chloé Zhao, who’s seen a decidedly mixed reaction to her Eternals experiment. When he went bigger with The Light Between Oceans, it was met with somewhat of a collective shrug. At the same time, how can you not at least be curious about how this one will ultimately turn out?

Of course, time will tell here, but I’m very excited to see Ryan Gosling make a Wolfman movie directed by Derek Cianfrance. We shall see what happens, but basically a year or so out, it’s hard not to consider this one of the more intriguing horror films currently in development. Sit tight and when we have more on it, we’ll be sure to report it out…

Stay tuned to see how this project comes together and look out for another Sunday Scaries column next weekend!


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