The moment we all knew it would come has come. Variety reports that Universal has "submitted" his idea for a coherent universe of classic monster movies (called "Dark Universe") and is just starting Saw with the Invisible Man
Leigh Whannell, one of the co-creators ] and Insidious has signed a director for Invisible Man who has teamed up with his regular production partner Jason Blum from Blumhouse. Variety reports that this is the first example of "a new strategy for the Universal Monsters properties that brings creative directors with distinctive visions to the classic characters." And although Whannell is his first name, his film is not guaranteed. The first film to go into production as Universal is currently recording pitches.
How did we get here? To recapitulate it before the movie Tom Cruise Mummy several other actors were cast as various universal monsters like Frankenstein and the invisible man for upcoming films, all of which were linked together, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, when The Mummy failed, this strategy quickly fell by the wayside – although nothing was ever "officially" made, this message is basically confirmation of that.
Johnny Depp was the originally expected actor playing the Invisible Man, and although he is not considered part of this film, Variety's sources suggest that this might happen in the future. The same goes for actors like Javier Bardem and even for Cruise's character: they might appear in future films but are not unique. The idea is to encourage individual filmmakers to make great films and see what happens.
"Throughout film history, Universal's classic monsters have been reinvented by the prism of any new filmmaker who brought these characters to life," said Universal Production President Peter Cramer, told Variety. "We look forward to adopting an individualized approach to their return to the screen, led by creators whose stories they tell with passion."
Variety also reports, "The titles are rooted in horror. There are no budget, tone or rating restrictions and no expectation that they will exist as part of a common universe. An insider close to the trial said that liberating the origins and stories of the characters for different interpretations would help address the modern audience.
The Universal Monsters are eventually treated with the respect they deserve. Now set Guillermo del Toro to cry aloud.
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