With the continued success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, studios have been scrambling to create their own universe of shared characters and stories. While some opted to purchase stakes in comic book companies, Universal decided to go with their own properties.
They took their Universal Monsters and decided to create a shared universe with them called Dark Universe. The first film out of the gates was 2017’s The Mummy remake starring Tom Cruise.
It didn’t work out well for the studio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has teamed with Blumhouse to develop a new film based on Universal’s The Invisible Man. The company is known for straight horror and suspense films like Sinister, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and others. They’ve brought on Leigh Whannell, the mastermind behind Saw and Insidious to direct the film.
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” Peter Cramer, Universal’s production head, said in a statement. “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.”
The Dark Universe version of The Invisible Man was to star Johnny Depp as the lead character. There’s no news on who will star as the title character in the Blumhouse version. Blumhouse’s latest film Glass is currently in theaters and its BlacKkKlansman film is getting ready to compete for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards.