‘The Invisible Man’ Could Be the Winter Blockbuster We Won’t See Coming

by Jeremy Spirogis
Elisabeth Moss at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Nowadays, the Fast and Furious collection is the closest factor the studio has to a sprawling, interconnected story. Yet, lengthy earlier than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal created its personal shared universe. From the 1920s to the 1950s, Universal was synonymous with monster films.

Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and others have been throughout film screens. And these characters typically crossed into one another’s movies in fascinating methods. With the upcoming launch of The Invisible Man, Universal may strive — but once more — to revive their basic monsters.

Elisabeth Moss at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Elisabeth Moss on the Screen Actors Guild Awards | Rich Fury/Getty Images

A brand new model of ‘The Invisible Man’ is coming quickly to theaters

Directed by Leigh Whannell, the brand new movie stars Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, who escapes an abusive relationship with scientist Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). But when her ex dies in an obvious suicide, Cecilia finds herself tormented in a completely totally different manner. Believing Adrian remains to be pursuing her, Cecilia should show he’s nonetheless alive even if nobody can see him.

To say The Invisible Man reinterprets the H.G. Wells is an understatement. The new movie brings the central idea into a contemporary context. But extra apparently, it raises a wide range of different questions. Themes like home abuse, post-traumatic stress dysfunction, and paranoia now come to the forefront like by no means earlier than. And by making a lady the main target, it feels particularly well timed given latest social and political occasions.

Writer/director Leigh Whannell has a powerful observe file in horror

Moreover, Whannell’s involvement additionally bodes properly for The Invisible Man. The actor/author/director might be nonetheless greatest recognized for writing and starring in 2004’s Saw. That movie, after all, kicked off a long-running franchise, the primary two sequels of which Whannell wrote himself.

Likewise, Whannell reteamed with Saw director James Wan on Insidious. Whannell has written and appeared in all 4 entries of that collection, and 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3 even served as his directorial debut. The Insidious franchise additionally introduced Whannell to Blumhouse Pictures, the corporate behind The Invisible Man.

If Blumhouse sounds acquainted to you horror followers on the market, it undoubtedly ought to. The manufacturing home is behind a number of the most-talked-about horror franchises of the previous decade, together with Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Happy Death Day. Blumhouse additionally famously offers filmmakers ample inventive freedom in alternate for a small price range.

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‘The Invisible Man’ may lastly begin Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

This extra financial method to filmmaking has labored extremely properly for Blumhouse up to now. Without the burden of an extreme price range, movies are in a position to flip a revenue way more rapidly. In explicit, this less-is-more mentality is the proper match for horror.

Universal already tried to revive its basic monsters within the reverse style. 2014’s Dracula Untold took a extra real looking have a look at the title character, however its $70 million manufacturing price range and tepid field workplace efficiency killed any hopes for extra.

Then Universal tried once more, spending $125 million on the critically derided The Mummy. Even with Tom Cruise, audiences handed on the proposed “Dark Universe.” An total line-up of flicks — together with The Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp — vanished. And Universal went again to the drafting board.

Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man may very well be the recent begin the Universal monsters want. For one, the studio is taking these iconic characters one after the other and really making them scary. Rather than shoehorning in a shared universe, it’s constructing one piece by piece. Will audiences see Whannell’s characters cross paths with the likes of Dracula and the Wolf Man? Possibly. But for proper now, let’s hope audiences truly see The Invisible Man.

The Invisible Man hits theaters on Feb. 28, 2020.

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