EntertainmentWeekly has released first look images from Blumhouse/Universal’s upcoming remake of the horror classic The Invisible Man based on the H.G. Wells novel that was written and directed by Upgrade’s Leigh Whannell (co-created the Saw franchise) with Elisabeth Moss (Us, The Handmaid’s Tale) taking the lead role.
They also added a more in-depth synopsis of the horror-thriller.
In The Invisible Man (out Feb. 28), Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia Kass, who is trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, portrayed by Oliver Jackson-Cohen from The Haunting of Hill House. Cecilia escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge), and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex dies by suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Production took place in Leigh Whannell’s native Australia.
When asked about the possibility about a sequel the director says that wasn’t on his mind, but doesn’t rule it out.
WHANNELL: “I don’t know. I haven’t put any thought into a sequel. I’m a pretty superstitious filmmaker. I don’t want to jinx anything. I’ve been involved with movies that have had a lot of sequels, like the original Saw film obviously spawned a whole franchise, as did Insidious. But I can tell you with total honesty that in the case of both of those films, I never thought about a sequel. I would never want to jinx the release of a movie by thinking about what comes next.”
Being cautious about talking-up sequels might be a really good idea.
Universal Pictures had originally hoped to have Tom Cruise’s The Mummy reboot to help launch a brand new cinematic universe called Dark Universe focused on the Universal Monsters when the project was a flop and critically ravaged they studio jettisoned those plans.
They had attempted to make a new Bride of Frankenstein movie starring Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem along with the original version of the Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp. Those projects have seemingly been thrown out.
Other remakes included The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man and a Van Helsing movie.
This marketing push suggests that we’ll likely get a trailer very soon.
As previously mentioned, The Invisible Man will be released on February 28th, 2020.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY