Universal Pictures is moving forward with its new The Invisible Man movie, written and to be directed by Leigh Whannell, according to Variety. Whannell will reunite with Jason Blum, who is producing through his Blumhouse Productions. The two have previously worked together on films such as Insidious: The Last Key and Upgrade.
The trade says Universal is moving on from its planned interconnected “Dark Universe” concept and will instead concentrate on the individual monster properties. Johnny Depp was previously attached to star in The Invisible Man movie, but he will no longer appear.
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualized approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”
The move comes as no surprise, of course, after the $125-million budgeted The Mummy failed to attract domestic moviegoers, earning just $80.2 million in 2017. However, the Tom Cruise-starrer did perform better overseas with $329 million.
Variety adds that “upcoming titles for Universal’s new monster strategy will be rooted in horror, with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating, and no expectation that they will exist as part of a shared universe.”
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