Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man reboot is on its way to becoming a reality, and will reportedly start filming this summer. Universal’s Monster Universe began back in the 1920s with now-classic films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and continued all through the 1930s with films like The Mummy (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933) in between.
Since then, there have been a couple of attempts to reboot this shared universe, most recently with Dracula Untold in 2014 and The Mummy in 2017. Given that these films did not meet expectations, the Dark Universe is taking a new route, with Blumhouse producing the new version of The Invisible Man. The project is starting to take shape, with a release date now confirmed and production possibly starting very soon.
According to HN Entertainment, principal photography for The Invisible Man will begin in July in Sydney, Australia. There are no further details on the cast or the plot, but as previously reported, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle In Time) are set to star, with Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3) on board as writer and director.
Plot details are still a mystery, although it was reported earlier this month that The Invisible Man story will follow a woman named Cecilia (Moss) who learns that her abusive ex-boyfriend has committed suicide - but as some strange things start to happen she begins to wonder if he really is dead. Reid’s character is Sydney, an outgoing girl under the care of Cecilia who grows mistrustful of her when the aforementioned strange events begin to happen.
As for the lead role of the actual Invisible Man, Johnny Depp was previously set to star but is no longer attached to the project - though he could choose to return if he wanted. A few months ago, Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgård were said to be the top choices to star in the film, but there hasn’t been any news on this. However, with production supposedly beginning soon, it shouldn’t be long until Blumhouse reveals who will be the leading man.
Hopefully, with the involvement of Blumhouse, Whannell’s vision (which will most likely include some plot twists here and there and a touch of gore), and a new, modern take on the story, The Invisible Man will make up for all the failed attempts to reboot this Monsters Universe, even if it doesn’t kickstart a reboot of said universe.
Source: HN Entertainment.