brian-mcgee - November 8, 2019
Not so long ago, Universal was planning a shared cinematic universe with all of their classic horror monsters. Then 2017's The Mummy came onto the scene and the world collectively decided that we didn't want any part of this monstrosity—pardon the pun. Universal scrapped all of their plans for further flicks featuring Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie as Mr. and Mrs. Frankensein's Monster, and beleaguered former biggest star in the world John Depp as The Invisible Man. I don't remember if Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman was involved.
Universal has now decided that rather than creating a cinematic universe before determining if there's any sort of market for that thing, they're going to team with Blumhouse and go the low budget route with The Invisible Man. In order to ensure that no one sympathizes with this raving madman, they've cast a relative nobody—Haunting of Hill House's Oliver Jackson-Cohen—in the title role, and made his wife the protagonist, giving the role a boost of star power by casting Elisabeth Moss.
The film is being written and directed by noted horror writer Leigh Whannell, who made the jump to directing with 2015's Insidious Chapter 3 before delivering last year's hugely underrated high concept sci-fi flick Upgrade. Seriously, if you watch that in close proximity to Venom, you'll not only realize it's a much better version of essentially the same story, it's actually got a discount Tom Hardy in the lead role.
The Invisible Man is opening in Universal's new favorite late February horror corridor, February 28, 2020.
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