After the disastrous start to their Dark Universe with The Mummy. Universal Pictures is already planning a restart to revitalize their classic monsters, and they are bringing in Blumhouse to do it.
According to Variety, the first film in the restart will be the Invisible Man, which will be helmed by Leigh Whannell, co-creator of both the Saw and Insidious franchises. Whannell directed 2018’s Upgrade with Blumhouse and Insidious: Chapter 3.
The trade is also reporting Johnny Depp who was previously attached to star will not appear in this film. However, he still may be featured in another one of the monster movie projects in development.
Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production, commented:
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life. 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 also notes that the hiring Whannell does not necessarily mean this will be the next monster movie to go into production, as other pitches are also coming together revolving around the other Universal monsters. Before the plug was pulled on the Dark Universe, Universal had planned reboots of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Bride of Frankenstein, among others.
The actors who were previously attached to the Dark Universe Depp, Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise, and Russell Crowe. all have the possibility to still optioned to return with a with the new filmmakers. It’s unclear if they’ll re-reboot Dracula, The Wolfman or even The Mummy.