There is some serious buzz behind the new Invisible Man remake from Upgrade director Leigh Whannell and it sounds like producer Jason Blum is open to the idea of tackling more of Universal’s iconic lineup of monsters.
Blumhouse head and Invisible Man producer Jason Blum spoke with Bloomberg about the possibility of helping Universal Pictures flush-out even more of their Universal Monsters roster but reveals they won’t attempt to hash that out until the release of Invisible Man.
BLUM: “I would love to. I’ve had some version of this conversation. Not a serious one. I would say to Universal, ‘What monsters are available that I could play around with?’ I would send those things to our seven favourite filmmakers. But I’m not going to talk to Universal until The Invisible Man comes out.”
After the poor reception of Dracula Untold and The Mummy, Universal pressed pause on a string of Universal Monsters films such as Johnny Depp’s version of The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, and Van Helsing set in a cinematic universe titled Dark Universe.
When that fizzled, they ended up seeking the help of Blumhouse Productions to help them out starting with The Invisible Man, which could lead to more projects.
Variety recently reported that Spider-Man franchise producer Amy Pascal was attempting a new version of Bride of Frankenstein and was considering Sam Raimi for it before he jumped on the Doctor Strange sequel.
The Invisible Man opens this weekend.
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