The Invisible Man remake is officially coming our way in 2020. Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind hits such as The Purge franchise, Get Out and Sinister, have been preparing to remake this classic Universal monster flick for some time now. The majority of the pieces needed are in place, including a director in the form of Leigh Whannell, and a pair of stars in Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle In Time). Now, the studio has revealed when we can expect to see this new Invisible Man appear in theaters.
According to a new report, The Invisible Man is set for release on March 13, 2020. Leigh Whannell, who previously helmed Insidious: Chapter 3 and last year's under-the-radar Upgrade, penned the script in addition to his duties as director. At the present time, no actor has been cast in the lead role. Names like Armie Hammer and Alexander Skarsgard have been thrown out, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. When Elizabeth Moss was cast, there was some speculation that this was actually going to go the Invisible Woman route. However, that has since been debunked.
Universal originally tried to freshen up their universe of monsters with the Dark Universe, an experiment that kicked off with 2017's The Mummy, headlined by Tom Cruise and to a lesser degree with 2014's Dracula Untold, which was confirmed to be part of Dark Universe only after its release. There were huge plans for an interconnected universe of movies, including Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and yes, The Invisible Man. Russell Crowe had been cast to play Dr. Jekyll, who would have acted as connective tissue between the movies. At that time, Johnny Depp had been attached in the lead role. However, since The Mummy didn't do nearly what it needed to at the box office, the studio decided to rethink their strategy on that front moving forward, since these all would have been pretty expensive blockbusters.
Instead, it's now going to be up to Blumhouse to handle these properties moving forward. Blumhouse is known for turning micro-budget horror offerings into big hits at the box office. The Invisible Man will be the first of these projects to go in front of cameras. If that works out well, we would expect to hear news of more classic monster movies getting the green light. Other projects such as a remake of Creature From the Black Lagoon have also been discussed.
Production on the remake is expected to get underway in July. Filming will take place in Sydney, Australia. That means we should be hearing more in regards to casting, and possibly some plot details, in the very near future. The Invisible Man has been brought to screen several times in the past, most notably in the classic 1933 adaptation. All of the stories are based on H.G. Wells' classic novella. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by The Wrap.