The Universal Shared Monster Universe is coming together quite nicely, with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella set to star in their Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is set for release in the summer of 2017. Many have wondered what project will be next for this shared universe, and it seems we may now have our answer. Deadline is reporting that the studio has signed on Johnny Depp to star in their remake of The Invisible Man.
Back in November, we reported that Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, starting with the Mummy Reboot, which Alex Kurtzman is directing. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with the studio already setting a June 9, 2017 release date. The report also revealed that other movies centering on Dracula, Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are set to follow. There was a rumor last year that The Wolf Man would be the next project to follow the Mummy Reboot, but that was never confirmed.
The studio’s original version of The Invisible Man debuted in 1933, starring Claude Rains as a scientist who finally comes up with a way to become invisible. However, the formula he invented turns him insane, as he terrorizes the countryside as an invisible killer. The studio also produced 1940’s The Invisible Man Returns, 1944’s The Invisible Man’s Revenge, 1951’s Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.
It isn’t known who is writing the The Invisible Man script at this time, but the studio put together a writers room last year to break the stories for multiple movies. The writers room was lead by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who immersed themselves in the studio’s classic horror films, along with other iconic movies from the Hammer Films library. Their team included Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), Ed Solomon (Men In Black) and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), who will each be responsible for their own monster movie. Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts were recently added to this collective, signing on to write Van Helsing.
Universal recently slated one of these unspecified projects for release on March 30, 2018, which was believed to be for The Wolf Man. However, with the scripting already under way on Van Helsing, and Johnny Depp set to star in their remake of The Invisible Man, it could be any one of these projects that gets the 2018 date. Johnny Depp most recently starred in Black Mass, and he will next be seen in the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, hitting theaters on May 27. What do you think about Johnny Depp playing The Invisible Man?