One year ago today, Universal Monsters Universe officially posted its first article, covering the announcement that Johnny Depp was named for a future reboot of The Invisible Man, which is rumored to be released Spring 2018.
When I wrote this article one year ago today, I could not have imagined writing about Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man would be the start of something that has grown so much and so fast. Universal Monsters Universe has been covering everything from classic monsters to Zenescope to the upcoming film, The Mummy. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of UMU for a year, whether it be writing articles, posting on social media or interacting with all of the Monster Heads we call our fans. Let us now take a trip down memory lane and re-visit the first day of Universal Monsters Universe.
The latest actor to be added to Universal’s upcoming “Monsters Universe” of films is none other than Johnny Depp. The A-list star will be taking on the role of Dr. Jack Griffin in the upcoming reboot of “The Invisible Man.”
Johnny Depp, Invisible Man!
The names Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff will forever be associated with the classic Universal Monsters movies of old. In the present day, Tom Cruise will be associated with the Universal Monsters as Universal Studios is relaunching its “Monster Universe”, with remakes of classic films such as The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Wolf Man. Tom Cruise’s name has been linked to The Mummy and now there is a new name being thrown around for The Invisible Man–Johnny Depp! The original version of The Invisible Man was released in 1933 starring Claude Rains and was directed by James Whale, who also directed Frankenstein.
This is big news from Universal, especially following Tom Cruise signing onto The Mummy. Johnny Depp excels in these types of movies, being a regular under Tim Burton who specializes in horror and the macabre. He’s such a talented, versatile actor with roles ranging from Edward Scissorhands, Ichabod Crane, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp will be great in whatever role he is cast in.
As of right now, there has not been any word of a director or specific release date regarding the film.
I couldn’t be more excited to hear this news, especially being a fan of Johnny Depp and his films. Universal is proving to fans that it wants these movies remade the right way and to make them this generation’s classic monster movies. To make this news even better, other names being thrown around are Scarlett Johansson who is being considered for the lead role in Creature from the Black Lagoon and Angelina Jolie for The Bride of Frankenstein.
Just to hear the names Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp linked to the same franchise is a move fan’s dream come true.
Stay tuned for more developments concerning The Invisible Man, and the developing Universal “Monsters Universe.”
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)