Yes, you’ve read it correctly. Academy Award-nominated composer Michael Giacchino, whose work was just seen in Matt Reeves‘ The Batman, is set to make his directorial debut with Marvel Studios’ Werewolf by Night, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donnelly, an hour-long Halloween special set to release on Disney+ later this year. The composer has a longstanding relationship with Marvel Studios, having composed many of the MCU’s scores, from Doctor Strange, to, most recently, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
After multiple reports from scooping websites on the fact that Giacchino was indeed directing, the news was confirmed today by The Hollywood Reporter. Production is slated to begin later this month, and will last about two to three weeks as it is just a TV special. It’s certainly an interesting directorial choice, with few composers turned directors existing. RZA is one known example, but aside from that, there aren’t that many.
The special will adapt Werewolf by Night to the big screen, but sources close to the project say that this will not be the official title when it drops on Disney+, but it is only referred to as Werewolf by Night during production. Bernal will be playing the titular Werewolf, but it is unclear which version he is playing, while Laura Donnelly’s role being kept under wraps. There are also rumors that Mahershala Ali will appear as Blade, but those have been unconfirmed.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter