Joe Johnston's remake of The Wolfman didn't do a lot of business at the box office (its entire global haul was about $10 million shy of its reported $150 million budget), but apparently it wasn't dire enough to scare Universal out of the werewolf business. They've given a greenlight to an Untitled Werewolf Thriller and are currently filming it in Romania with plans for a straight-to-video release Halloween of 2012. Does that definitely mean that this is a direct sequel to The Wolfman? Not exactly, but the plot synopsis certainly sounds in keeping with the franchise's period-piece lineage.
Quoted straight from the press release:
"A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Untitled Werewolf Thriller, Universal Studios’ all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of supernatural thrillers. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast’s fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother’s (Nia Peeples) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he’s closer to his target than he ever dreamed."
One would think that if Universal wanted to simply capitalize on the current popularity of all manner of supernatural horror, they'd make this Untitled Werewolf Thriller (which is unfortunately just a placeholder title, we checked) set in the modern day, so the fact that they're keeping it period leads us to believe that when the film finally does come out, it'll bear some kind of a Wolfman moniker in its title. Even if it's not an official sequel, there's draw to a recognizable name like that, not unlike how Patrick Lussier's underrated White Noise 2: The Light (also a Universal release) was named as such despite having nothing to do with the first film.