From the get-go I've been pumped for Universal's Wolf Man remake. Director Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer) may not be anyone's idea of a visionary but he knows how to pull together a solid film and off-hand I can't think of any of his movies that haven't at least been entertaining. He even made a better sequel to Jurassic Park than Spielberg himself did (with 2001's Jurassic Park III) so my confidence in his ability to make The Wolfman work, even under less than ideal conditions, has been high. Now that the official word has just come in that The Wolfman has gained an 'R' from the MPAA, I'm even more jazzed to see what Johnston has come up with.
An R is no guarantee that it'll be good, of course, but in the post-Howling, post-American Werewolf in London era, a watered down werewolf movie is hardly worth doing so at least this rating is an assurance that this remake won't be soft pedaling its horror elements. And that's a silver lining to this troubled film if I ever saw one.