News The Invisible Man: ANNOUNCED

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    Leigh Whannell To Helm “The Invisible Man”


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    Following raves for his work directing “Upgrade,” filmmaker Leigh Whannell has now signed on to direct a reboot of “The Invisible Man” at Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

    The project was originally slated to star Johnny Depp and was set to be a part of an interconnected series of films that began with the recent “The Mummy” remake. Not unlike Warners with its DC films, the studio has now ditched that ‘Dark Universe’ initiative in favor of standalone films.

    That approach allows for filmmaker-driven projects based on their classic monsters legacy with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating and with reigned in expectations.

    Depp will not appear in the new “The Invisible Man” which Whannell is co-producing. The classic H.G. Wells story has been adapted for the screen several times, most notably James Whale’s 1933 film and the quite book accurate 1980s British TV mini-series adaptation.
     
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    The Invisible Man (1933) - A Visible Partner Scene (3/10) | Movieclips


     
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    Jason Blum Talks New “Invisible Man” Tone


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    With Universal Pictures having given up on its proposed Dark Universe initiative in the wake of the failure of “The Mummy” reboot, it’s expected movies about their classic monsters will now be standalone fare (no shared universe) and handled on a case-by-case basis.

    So came along horror producer Jason Blum and “Upgrade” writer/director Leigh Whannell who proposed to the studio a new incarnation of “The Invisible Man”. Speaking with Collider this week, Blum explained their take on the H.G. Wells story which will avoid the big-budget action trappings of the scuttled Dark Universe take in favor of a darker character thriller with more of a genuine horror tone:

    “I don’t believe in saying ‘We’re going to do movies about this’ and then trying to find a movie about it. So, I didn’t believe in going and saying ‘I want to do all these movies’ and then try to find directors to do them. We have a director we’ve also done six or seven movies with, pitched us this spectacular idea about Invisible Man. We told him to write it, he wrote it, then we took it to the studio and said ‘We’d love to do this and this is what we would do with it’ and they said yes.

    It was like the Blumhouse version of The Invisible Man, it’s a lower-budget movie. It’s not dependent on special effects, CGI, stunts. It’s super character-driven, it’s really compelling, it’s thrilling, it’s edgy, it feels new. Those were all things that felt like they fit with what our company does. And it happened to be an Invisible Man story, so it checked both boxes. And we responded to it because I think Leigh is just an A+ director.”

    The property has been adapted for the screen several times, most notably James Whale’s 1933 film and the book accurate 1980s British TV mini-series adaptation.
     
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    Elisabeth Moss In Talks For “Invisible Man”


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    Elisabeth Moss is in very early talks to star in “Upgrade” writer/director Leigh Whannell’s new take on “The Invisible Man” for Universal Pictures.


    Johnny Depp, who was originally tapped to play the title character, will not be involved in the new take and should talks with Moss move forward she would take on the lead role.

    Plot details of this version of the HG Wells story are unknown, but this is the first film in the studio’s shift in strategy following its abandoning its big-budget interconnected “Dark Universe” concept in favor of standalone films with more modest budgets that embrace “creative directors with distinctive visions”.

    Whannell is also co-producing. Moss will next be seen in “Us,” “Her Smell” and “The Kitchen” all opening this year along with the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
     
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    Oliver Jackson-Cohen Is “The Invisible Man”

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