After Tom Cruise and his take on The Mummy basically killed plans for a new Marvel-like Universal monster-verse, there’s some life in the idea yet.
The Blumhouse folk and Australian screenwriter, producer, director and actor Leigh Whannell are set to zap life into the classic Invisible Man.
According to Variety, Whannell – who wrote and directed both Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3 for Blumhouse – will also both write and direct this one, and while Johnny Depp was once attached to the project, he’s now detached.
It’s a slightly different approach from Universal, who are intent on keeping their rich monster legacy alive for a new generation. Without the requirement of an interconnected ‘dark’ universe, filmmakers will have more freedom to reimagine the horror classics, that could very well include the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein (and his bride, and his son, and his ghost, and his house…), the Wolf Man and more.
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production, told Variety. “We are excited to take a more individualised approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”
While we wait, here’s a fab clip from the original 1933 take on The Invisible Man: