Director Mark Romanek has dropped out of Universal Pictures The Wolfman, reports Variety.
The trade says Romanek exited the film late Monday night over creative differences. The film has long had Benicio Del Toro aboard to play the werewolf, and the studio just set Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson’s War) and Anthony Hopkins to play the other leads in the film.
Universal maintains that Romanek left the project in strong shape and that it expects to set another director quickly. No word on whether a Feb. 18 start date will remain in place.
The studio is targeting a February 13, 2009 release date for the horror flick.