Less than a week after Mark Romanek ditched the film, Universal's remake of "The Wolfman" has found a new director.
According to Variety, Joe Johnston has come on board to salvage the $100 million-budgeted film, which remakes on track to begin production early next month in London.
Benicio Del Toro will play the main character, a man who returns to his ancestral home and learns a lycanthrope secret about his family. Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt are also attached as the father of the main character and the female lead, respectively.
The film is still expected to shoot the locked script by Andrew Kevin Walker, a script developed by Romanek over the past year. The music video and "One Hour Photo" director exited "The Wolfman" last week amidst "creative differences," forcing Universal to scramble through the usual list of available A-list directors -- Brett Ratner, et al -- to find a replacement capable of keeping the movie on schedule.
This is the second Universal production this winter to have to undergo a major overhaul at the last season. The political drama "State of Play" went from a Brad Pitt/Edward Norton vehicle to a Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck movie the space of a couple weeks, but remained mostly on schedule.
New "Wolfman" helmer Johnston got his start working in visual effects on films including "Star Wars" and "The Raiders of the Lost Ark," moving into directing on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "The Rocketeer." His most recent credits include "Jurassic Park III" and "Hidalgo."