UPGRADE Director Chosen for Universal’s INVISIBLE MAN Remake!
Remember when Universal planned an entire rebooted, shared “Dark Universe” for their stable of classic monsters? Remember how the colossal bombing of The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise) seemed to derail the entire project? It looks like the studio is ready to get back in the saddle for a second take on a classic monster; today brings news that a director has been attached to an upcoming remake of The Invisible Man!
Upgrade director Leigh Whannell has signed on to direct an Invisible Man movie. The movie reunites him with Jason Blum, who is set to produce the Universal Pictures movie through his Blumhouse Productions banner. The move is part of a fresh strategy for the Universal monsters properties, bringing creative directors with distinctive visions to the classic characters.
Whannell and Blumhouse previously worked together on hit films including Insidious: The Last Key and Upgrade. Whannell will be joining Blum as a producer. Johnny Depp was previously attached to The Invisible Man, but sources say he will not appear in this film. He may be featured in another one of the monster movie projects in development, sources say.
Check out the synopsis and trailer for the original Invisible Man, released in 1933, below.
While researching a new drug, Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) stumbles on a potion that can make him invisible. When he reveals his new ability to his old mentor (Henry Travers) and his fiancée (Gloria Stuart), it’s clear that a side effect of the potion is insanity. Jack goes on a violent rampage, and the police struggle to hunt him down, unable to see their target, while his mentor and his former partner (William Harrigan) desperately try to devise a plan to capture him.
Are you excited to hear that Universal hasn’t completely abandoned their plans for a MonsterVerse of their own? Are you excited for a reboot of The Invisible Man? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!