The news about Whannell was first reported by Deadline.” /> Whannell is represented by CAA and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP.
"The Invisible Man" director Leigh Whannell is in negotiations to helm Ryan Gosling's "Wolfman" for Universal Pictures.
Whannell has a first-look deal across film and television with Blumhouse, for projects he writes, directs or produces. "The Invisible Man" grossed more than $124 million at the worldwide box office despite being most theaters closing a few weeks after the Elisabeth Moss starrer opened. He and Blumhouse have collaborated on seven projects, including the "Insidious" franchise.
Whannell will also be writing the treatment for the film, based on an original idea of his own. Blumhouse, which teamed with Whannell on "The Invisible Man," has come on board to produce "The Wolfman."
Variety first reported on May 29 that Universal was pushing ahead with seeking directors for "Wolfman" as a starring vehicle for Gosling — and the next movie based on its catalog of iconic creatures, with Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who wrote for Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” writing the script based on an original pitch by Gosling.
Universal had originally planned on creating an interconnected universe with its vast catalog of monster movies, but decided to move forward with filmmaker-driven projects based on the monsters’ legacies. Universal's original "The Wolf Man" debuted in 1941 with Lon Chaney, Jr., in the title role.

To counter potential digital era drawbacks Venice this year placed an embargo on posting reviews until a film’s public screening takes place. Variety critic Owen Gleiberman called it a “turbulently spectacular and enthralling drama,” confirming awards buzz generated by the pic in April when Universal showed footage at CinemaCon. But given the all-around response to “First Man” earlier verdicts would not have posed a problem.
As part of the Redgrave tribute Venice is also hosting a special screening of her latest film, Venice-set "The Aspern Papers," a first feature by French director Julien Landais adapted from the novella by Henry James.
Redgrave was accompanied by Italian actor Franco Nero, her second husband, whom she met when they played Lancelot and Guinevere in the film musical “Camelot,” a clip of which appeared in her moving career summary showreel.
During the opening ceremony, before the “First Man” gala screening, Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta greeted Chazelle with a warm “Welcome back!.” “First Man,” which is in competition, marks the second opening-night Venice bow for the 33-year-old director after his “La La Land,” which kicked off the festival in 2016 before sailing into the awards season and earning him an Oscar for best director.
The fest runs through Sept. 8.” />
The highlight of the fest’s customary bare bones opening ceremony was Vanessa Redgrave cheered with a standing ovation when she received a lifetime achievement Golden Lion. Speaking in Italian, Redgrave praised the festival as “really being about the art of cinema” and said that one of the things she loves about Venice are American author Donna Leon’s Venice-set murder mysteries.
The glowing critical response went out around the world just as Gosling and co-star Claire Foy were sending fans and paparazzi into a frenzy on the red carpet.
The Venice Film Festival had a successful blast-off Wednesday with Damien Chazelle’s space epic “First Man” — starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong dazzling its first viewers and scoring rave reviews.
"First Man" will be followed by a rapid succession of hotly anticipated titles in the next few days, including Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical “Roma,” shot in black and white; Yorgos Lanthimos’ offbeat costumer, “The Favourite”; Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” starring himself and Lady Gaga making her big-screen debut; and Jacques Audiard’s Oregon-set Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” in which Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play two notorious assassins.
Jury president Guillermo Del Toro at the end of the closing ceremony praised this year's selection as "incredibly rich and powerful," noting that the nine-member jury has a difficult task. But he gave directors of the 21 pics competing for the Golden Lion his "personal guarantee” about “the seriousness with which we will conduct the business of analyzing, discussing and fighting for these movies.”