In this age of endless remakes, we can’t believe it’s taken someone this long to announce a new take on ‘The Invisible Man.’ (No, we’re not counting Kevin Bacon in ‘The Hollow Man.’)
Writer-director David S. Goyer wants to revive the classic Universal horror character, who thrilled audiences back in the 1930s along with monsters Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolf Man.
Goyer, a writer on ‘The Dark Knight’ and the ‘Blade’ series says he wants to emulate successful franchise relaunches like Guy Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ films.
“It’s a period film but it’s period like Downey’s ‘Sherlock Holmes,’” said Goyer, who also wrote the upcoming Superman reboot ‘Man of Steel.’ “It’s period but it’s a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded ‘The Mummy’ into a much bigger kind of mythology. That’s kind of what we’ve done with ‘The Invisible Man.’”
The first screen version of the H.G. Wells novel was made in 1933. It starred Claude Rains and was directed by James Whale of ‘Frankenstein’ fame. A sequel, called ‘The Invisible Man Returns’ followed. (Today, we’d be stuck with the boringly titled ‘Invisible Man 2,’ if this new version is a success.)
Although the Benicio Del Toro version of ‘The Wolf Man’ flopped as did Sommers’ monster mash ‘Van Helsing,’ Goyer is confident about bringing back the Invisible Man.
“We did some pre-vis tests and things like that that they were very happy with. Now we’re going through the casting process. if they get the right lead, they’ll make it.”
Goyer, coincidentally, also directed the recent thriller ‘The Invisible’ which was about a teen left to die in the woods, instead of a mad scientist.
Do you want to see an updated Invisible Man? Who would you cast as the lead?
[via the LA Times]