Blumhouse and writer-director Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man is now available on Blu-ray. And today Whannell and Blum talked about the possibility of a sequel.
Whannell tells ComicBook.com: “I never think about sequels when I’m making a film because it’s so hard to make one good movie, so I feel like it’s an impossible task to start thinking about what it’s going to spin off into. And I have made movies that have spawned many sequels, writing the first Saw movie, and Insidious, so probably, to the viewer, it may seem like I’m thinking in terms of franchises, but I never am. Ever, ever, ever. And this is that. So, I don’t know, but I know that Jason wants to know where it’s going.”
Blum added: “Yes, I do, I ask Leigh every day, where this is going. Every day, and I never get a straight answer. My philosophy about sequels is the first one, I always tell the filmmakers to do exactly what the opposite of what you’re suggesting. Just make a great movie and don’t worry about who dies, what happens, mythology.
He adds: “It’s hard enough to make a great movie without having to make a great movie and think of how it continues. If we’re lucky enough to have a hit and the original filmmaker wants to extend the story, then I’m not naive, because if you’re making two, you’re likely making three. If you’re making one, you’re not necessarily making two. So on the second movie, I think when we make a second, or a third, I ask the filmmaker to think a little bit more about the universe of the movie.
He continues: “But on the first one, I really encourage them not to do that. And one of Leigh’s great strengths as an artist, is that … he’s really focused on … what’s a great story, what’s a strong dramatic story. The scares fit organically into that, but I think he’s a storyteller first and foremost, and I encourage that because, without a great story, it doesn’t matter what other planning or thinking, or how the audience is going to feel, the movie won’t work.”
Rated R for some strong bloody violence, and language, in this version of the classic tale centers on a woman trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend, and his teenage daughter. But when her abusive ex dies by suicide and leaves her a portion of his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, her sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.