Elizabeth Banks' female superhero movie comments recently caused some controversy after her Charlie's Angels reboot bombed in theaters. But it doesn't look like she's hurting for work. As she has signed on for her next project already. And it's going to be another genre movie with a female twist.
Universal Pictures is doubling down on movies centered on invisible people. The studio has tapped Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in The Invisible Woman. This comes just several months before the studio will also release a remake of The Invisible Man from director Leigh Whannell, which stars Elisabeth Moss. Perhaps most interestingly, Banks' movie isn't going to be a sequel to Whannell's movie, nor is it going to be connected to it in any way. These are two totally independent projects.
According to several reports, Elizabeth Banks is directing The Invisible Woman working from an original pitch. Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) penned the screenplay. Specific plot details, for the time being, remain under wraps. The only thing stated in the reports is that this will be quite a bit different from what is coming our way with The Invisible Man in February, which looks like a psychological horror/thriller with a sci-fi twist. Undoubtedly, Banks' movie will have a sci-fi element, which is inherent in the concept, but there are many ways one could take something like that. Banks has strong comedic sensibilities. It's possible she could play that up.
This comes as Elizabeth Banks looks to further develop her directing career. Banks previously directed Pitch Perfect 2, which went on to become a huge hit grossing $287 million worldwide. Banks' most recent effort is a much different story. The actor-turned-director most recently helmed the Charlie's Angels reboot, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomie Scott and Ella Balinska. Thus far, the movie has made just $43 million worldwide against mixed reviews, which is rough considering its $48 million budget. Elizabeth Banks' female action movie comments didn't sit well with some fans, after the movie tanked, as she slammed female superhero movies for being in the male genre.
News of an Invisible Woman movie also comes at a time when Universal is looking to revisit its catalog of classic monsters. The Invisible Man is just a small part of that. The studio also recently tapped Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) to direct Renfield, which will center on Dracula's henchmen. The studio shifted its strategy with its Universal Monsters in a big way following the release of 2017's The Mummy. That movie, which starred Tom Cruise, was intended to kick off the so-called Dark Universe, which would have been a series of interconnected, big-budget monster movies. Johnny Depp had been tapped to play the Invisible Man, with Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon also on board to helm a remake of Bride of Frankenstein.
Unfortunately for Universal, The Mummy bombed and the Dark Universe was dead before it even got started. As such, they shifted gears and are now taking it on a project-by-project basis. It's unclear at the present time if Elizabeth Banks will take any inspiration from 1940's The Invisible Woman. There is also no word on who else may be tapped to star alongside Banks, nor has a release date been set. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.