A little over a week ago, news surfaced that Johnny Depp will star in the Universal Studios reboot of The Invisible Man. At the time, there was little information to go on, but according to a Rolling Stone report, there is a writer that has been attached to the movie.
Ed Solomon, who wrote the script to Men In Black has been named by Universal to write the script for the movie under producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. In the H.G. Wells book and the original 1933 movie starring Claude Rains, Dr. Jack Griffin is a chemist who happens to mix chemicals a certain way that they make living tissue invisible. He uses it to make himself invisible but it also turns him into a killer as he prowls the streets wrapped in bandages.
“We’re creating a mythology, so we’re looking at this canon and thinking, ‘What are the rules?'” Kurtzman told Variety at the time. “What can we break and what are the ones that are untouchable?” Universal has already brought on Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts and producer Sean Daniel for The Mummy (you can read more here) so it is full steam ahead on the reboot of the Universal Monsters franchise.
The great thing about the Universal Monsters is they are timeless and Universal does a terrific job at adapting and re-introducing these classic characters to each new generation while keeping the integrity of the originals intact; The Mummy and Benecio Del Toro’s version of The Wolfman are great examples. They kept close to the originals, while adapting to a new audience and advances in move-making technology. It’s great to see The Invisible Man and The Mummy taking shape and we here at Universal Monsters Universe will be right here as news and other developments break. These are fun and exciting times for us monster fans.
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