One of film's most memorable monsters is getting the Hollywood treatment. According to recent reports, Universal Studios is looking to produce a series of Marvel-style films showcasing some of the silver-screen's most iconic monsters. They've already signed Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming film, The Mummy, and now they've lined up another familiar face for the next film in their upcoming series.
So who is it?
Recent reports have listed Johnny Depp as the frontrunner to play the titular character in the upcoming remake of the 1933 film, The Invisible Man. The actor, known for his bizarre and brilliant take on some of history's most beloved characters, will take on the role of Griffin, a scientist working to invent a revolutionary method that would render himself invisible. Through his experiments, Griffin succeeds in his task, but has no way to turn himself visible again. This tragic turn leads him down a path of bitter madness, forcing him to hide away (not hard to do), and determine his next course of action.
This is where the H.G. Wells novel and the 1933 film deviate from one another in plot. In the novel, Griffin sees his invisibility as an opportunity to further his deranged desire of enacting a 'Reign of Terror' on the nation of England. Sinister, I know. However, the film takes a different approach, having Griffin pursue a cure to his mad state, allowing nothing, (not even love) to hinder his efforts. Summary? Either way the plot goes, someone's going to die.
Universal Studios has also reported that Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Now You See Me) & Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7) will join the project as producers along with Men in Black screenwriter, Ed Solomon coming on board to write the script. No news yet on who will direct the project, (my money is on Now You See Me director, Louis Leterrier), and the film is still buried in development, so it may be awhile till we see it hit theaters. The Mummy is shooting for a 2017 release so expect to see The Invisible Man sometime the year after.
I am personally thrilled with their casting choice. I think Depp will take this weird, iconic character and run with it. He's done it before in Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street.