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The Universal Monsters may rise again with The Invisible Man heading to Blumhouse


Universal Pictures has tried to get a Universal Monster-verse happening a couple of times with Dracula Untold and then The Mummy. Both failed to meet their expectations, but it appears there are still plans for the Monsters.

Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) is going to direct a new version of The Invisible Man, while Jason Blum will produce under the Blumhouse banner.

Johnny Depp had been linked to the role, but it looks like that has changed. There is currently no word on who will be playing the title role.

“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualized approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”

Variety report that “upcoming titles for Universal’s new monster strategy will be rooted in horror, with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating, and no expectation that they will exist as part of a shared universe. An insider close to the process said freeing up the characters’ origins and stories to different interpretations will help them appeal to modern audiences.”

I feel this is a good way to go. Blumhouse has been producing some great films recently and Upgrade was a brilliant movie.

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