Blumhouse’s “The Invisible Man” will hit theaters on February 28, 2020, Universal Pictures announced.
Leigh Whannell, who helmed “Insidious: Chapter 3” and “Upgrade,” will direct the remake of “The Invisible Man,” the 1933 film based on the novel by H. G. Wells. Whannell will also produce alongside Jason Blum for his Universal-based Blumhouse Productions and Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne.
Elisabeth Moss and Storm Reid star. Whannell also wrote the screenplay. Production will begin in Sydney, Australia in July.
Johnny Depp originally joined the project back in February 2016 as part of Universal’s then-planned Dark Universe, a shared cinematic universe of films based on its stable classic monster movie characters. The franchise kicked off with Tom Cruise in “The Mummy” and was also meant to star Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as planned movies for “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolf Man” and others.
That plan for a shared universe is no more. However, Universal plans to still make projects based on these characters and the Universal monsters’ legacy.
These films will also be rooted in horror and will carry no budget, genre or rating restrictions, with no expectation for the films to be part of a shared universe.