There was an idea… to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could.”
You may recognize this as the quote that Nick Fury says in the Marvel films about assembling The Avengers; but it could also be what Universal Execs said to each other when they decided to green light The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise. At that time there was an idea to create a ‘cinematic universe’ starring The Universal Monsters including: Dracula, The Wolfman, Jeckyl & Hyde, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. Unfortunately, this idea crashed and burned as soon as the Cruise film met with tepid reviews and no sales at the Box Office. Yet, these are some of the most recognizable characters of cinematic history, they can’t just disappear right?
Exactly where our friend Jason Blum, owner of Blumhouse Productions, comes in to save the day. With his recent resurrection of the Halloween franchise, he set his sights on the Universal Monsters. Blumhouse would be taking on the task of bringing in directors to redevelop the characters for modern audiences and today we find out that The Invisible Man is on the list. Originally Johnny Depp would be playing the character, but that’s doubtful at this point. We do though have a director for the film, Leigh Whannell. Whannell and Blumhouse recently teamed up for last years, Ugrade; which was awesome btw. Whannell has been in the horror realm for a long time with films like Saw and Insidious under his belt. I have no doubt he’ll bring the same flare to a long-swept aside character like The Invisible Man.
What do you think of this idea of Blumhouse rebooting the Universal Monsters? Sound off in the comments!