A change of director is on the cards for the Ryan Gosling-headlined The Wolfman project, it seems.

Well, this is the epitome of mixed feelings.

Ryan Gosling’s regular collaborator, Derek Cianfrance, has boarded The Wolfman movie that’s on the stove at Blumhouse. Cianfrance directed Gosling through two of his best performances, first in Blue Valentine, then in The Place Beyond The Pines, both excellent movies as well. However, this means that Leigh Whannell, who scored the directing gig on The Wolfman following two equally impressive films in the form of Upgrade and The Invisible Man, is now off the project.

No reason has been given as to why Whannell has departed, but the choice of a regular Gosling collaborator to replace him suggests that creative differences between star and director may have been an issue. That is purely speculative at this point though. At least this means the film is still happening, as word on it has been quiet for some time, with Gosling now signed up to star opposite Margot Robbie in the Barbie movie for his next movie.

Cianfrance has spoken about the appointment, stating that “horror movies were my first love, they were my entry into what cinema was capable of narratively, psychologically and aesthetically. Coupled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ryan again, this is truly a dream come true. I’m thrilled and inspired to work with the good folks at Blumhouse and Universal to bring this monster back to life in our collective unconscious.”

Count us very much in for whatever happens next with The Wolfman, although we’re a little disappointed we won’t get to see Leigh Whannell’s version. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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