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So Just Why Did The Wolfman Fail? Director Joe Johnston Speaks Up!

While it wasn’t the worst thing we’ve ever seen, Joe Johnston’s remake of The Wolfman certainly did nothing to live up to any expectations. So what went wrong? Let’s hear from the man himself …

In an interview with Comic Book Movie in promotion of Captain America, Johnston shed some really honest light on the subject.

“CAPTAIN AMERICA was a lot of things. Every picture has its highs and lows, its dreads and excited anticipations. To fully understand the CAPTAIN AMERICA experience, I have to keep reminding myself that I had just come off another film I shot in the UK, THE WOLFMAN,” Johnston tells the site.

The two experiences could not have been more different, in fact in many ways (certainly not all) they were polar opposites. I had three weeks of prep on WOLFMAN, a ridiculously inadequate amount of time to try to bring together the fractured and scattered pieces of the production. I had taken the job mostly because I had a cash flow problem, the only time in my career I’ve ever let finances enter into the decision process. Money is always the wrong reason for doing something that requires passionate devotion. The production was a leaky, rudderless ship in a perfect storm suffering from bad decisions, infighting, reluctance of the powers-that-be to take responsibility, and too many under-qualified cooks in the kitchen. The good news and bad news about directing is that when the picture works you’re showered with all the credit and when it doesn’t work you’re dumped on with all the blame. Both scenarios are undeserved. I take full responsibility for THE WOLFMAN not working because it goes with the territory.”

It’s amazing how a little bit of honesty can feel so refreshing.

So Just Why Did The Wolfman Fail? Director Joe Johnston Speaks Up!

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  • Masked Slasher

    I liked The Wolfman, too.

  • PelusaMG

    I thought it was a perfectly adequate film, and I enjoyed it a lot – not perfect, but adequate!

  • Vanvance1

    An apology after the fact isn’t worth much. Where are those ticket refunds?

    Amazing how these apologies always arrive during the promotion of another film with the promise of how much better this one will be. Tricky, tricky.

    P.S. Yes, the Wolfman was a bland bit of generic junk. The film is a big fat boring disappointment.

  • Terminal

    How cute you can call The Wolfman a disaster AFTER collecting your paycheck. I loved the movie personally. Shut up Joe Johnston.
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    • Gus Bjork

      Was he supposed to announce it was a cluster fuck pre-release?

      For the first 2/3rds I was thinking ‘man, this doesn’t deserve the harsh reviews it’s gotten’. Then the 3rd act kicked in….

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Wow three weeks of prep, I get 10 on my Senior Thesis.

    All things considered; The Wolfman could (should) have been far more terrible than it turned out to be. I still enjoy it, while it’s far from perfect; it’s enjoyable. At least it’s probably the best looking horror film of last year.