When Tom Cruise’s THE MUMMY struggled at the box office, plans for a much larger Dark Universe of shared stories stalled. But that doesn’t mean Universal Studios is totally pulling the plug on its classic monster-movie franchises. It only means that they are shifting in a different direction.
Teaming with Blumhouse, Universal next will attempt to revive THE INVISIBLE MAN as a contemporary property, with director Leigh Whannell (UPGRADE) at the helm. Whannell also directed the third chapter in the INSIDIOUS franchise and has collaborated over the years with horror master James Wan. He’s a natural fit for an INVISIBLE MAN movie.
To celebrate the start of production on his new THE INVISIBLE MAN, Leigh Whannell took to Twitter and posted the following:
Whannell’s INVISIBLE MAN has two exciting cast members added to its roster already. The leading title role will be played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who recently made a splash by playing the drug-addicted young brother Luke in the outstanding “The Haunting of Hill House.” He will be joined by the talented Elisabeth Moss, who can be seen in the crime drama THE KITCHEN, in theatres as we speak.
The plot synopsis for Leigh Whannell’s THE INVISIBLE MAN is being described as such:
Cecilia (Moss) receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to rebuild her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
Intriguing. The legacy of the Invisible Man dates back to the 1930s on the silver screen, when Universal adapted the classic H.G. Wells novel into a feature film. The role changed hands numerous times over the years, powering such sequels as THE INVISIBLE MAN’S REVENGE and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN.
The planned INVISIBLE MAN reboot was again supposed to build off of the world introduced in Tom Cruise’s THE MUMMY, but after that film failed to connect with a larger audience, the studio decided to let Leigh Whannell tell a standalone story that can dabble in horror and thrillers.
THE INVISIBLE MAN has begun filming in Australia and will aim to be in theatres on March 13, 2020. Stay tuned to the AMC Scene for details on the production as they emerge.