Universal Remaking The Invisible Man

Universal Remaking <i>The Invisible Man</i>

David Goyer, the writer of "The Dark Knight" and "Man of Steel," reveals details about the project to the L.A. Times.

David Goyer: “It’s a period film but it’s period like Downey’s ’Sherlock Holmes.’ It’s period but it’s a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded ‘The Mummy’ into a much bigger kind of mythology. That’s kind of what we’ve done with ‘The Invisible Man.’”

“It’s something slowly working its way through the Universal development channels. It’s still alive. We did some pre-vis tests and things like that that they were very happy with. Now we’re going through the casting process. if they get the right lead, they’ll make it.”

With Universal remaking classic monster movies like The Mummy and The Wolfman (I don't count Van Helsing), they were bound to get to The Invisible Man at some point. The character was actually created by H.G. Wells 1897, and then adapted into a movie by Universal in 1933 starring Claude Rains. H.G. Wells thought the movie was quite good, but was not happy to see that the main character was portrayed as a lunatic. The movie was a hit, producing multiple sequels, one being The Invisible Man Returns, and another was the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.

As for comic books, the invisible man has been used quite often. One of the more recent versions was, Hawley Griffin from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Alan Moore wrote the comic book series, and had planned to use H.G. Well's character, but couldn't get the okay.

My favorite version of the invisible man is 1992's Memoirs of an Invisible Man, starring Chevy Chase. This movie is extremely underrated, and I think it gets left under the radar because Chevy Chase is such a polarizing actor. If you have an open mind this movie is worth your time. What makes it so good, is that it actually tries to add as much realism as possible. Most people would be ecstatic to be invisible, most of us have that fantasy, but don't realize all the negatives that go with it. But that movie addresses the negatives, and for that I applaud it. What's it like to eat when you are invisible? Will you see your food being digested? The answer is yes!

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Filed Under "Sci-Fi" 8/24/2011 Source: herocomplex.latimes.com
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KilledHal9000 - 8/25/2011, 12:03 AM
The Nobody is also a good Invisible Man read.
Jefferys - 8/25/2011, 12:07 AM
I loved that book. Hope the movies good!
Maia87 - 8/25/2011, 12:10 AM
"Hollow Man" from Paul Verhoeven was OK.

Back in 2000/2001, we also had 'The Invisible Man' TV series starring Vincent Ventresca.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/25/2011, 12:12 AM
So are they going to make him a secret agent or Just a mad doctor who gets chased by Goverment agents and all sorts of criminals who wants to steal his invention and kill him?

I prefer the second.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/25/2011, 12:13 AM
At least its a period movie. Hopefully based on the same time like Sherlock Holmes. :)
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/25/2011, 12:15 AM
This would be great chance to Mark Strong play a "good guy"

He has the acting skills and mother[frick]ing powerful voice!
cory20 - 8/25/2011, 12:20 AM
other remake come bring new ideas
DEATHbyEXILE - 8/25/2011, 12:38 AM
Ceejay - 8/25/2011, 1:05 AM
Mark Strong should have been Sherlock Holmes in the first place!
patriautism - 8/25/2011, 2:01 AM
"H.G. Wells thought the movie was quite good, but was not happy to see that the main character was portrayed as a lunatic."
Really because in the book, it states that Griffin has gone insane, that is when Dr. Kemp attempts to stop him..
Ichaos - 8/25/2011, 2:57 AM
I want to see Abbot and Coustello meet The Batman
Dickel - 8/25/2011, 2:59 AM
Don't bother making it at all.. the invisible man can be the one in our imaginations.
GUNSMITH - 8/25/2011, 3:10 AM
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 8/25/2011, 3:28 AM
I thought Hollow Man was great. But this might be interesting as a period piece.
Ceejay - 8/25/2011, 4:07 AM
@Teabag- Ahhh memory lane, that show was good stuff back when I was a kid. Remembering him slapping his wife when she went hysterical in the pilot? Couldn't get away with that now!

Remember the rival show, 'The Gemini Man' with Ben Murphy?
AgeofApocalypse - 8/25/2011, 4:38 AM
Dude, I love "Memoirs of an Invisible Man".
MaddMonkk - 8/25/2011, 5:00 AM
The answer is NO. You would not see food going into his gullet or anything. Once it goes in his mouth it becomes invisible as well. Light wraps around the man if you watch Through The Wormhole you'd know this already. LOL
marvel72 - 8/25/2011, 5:39 AM
hollow man was good nice & violent,but memoirs of the invisible man by i believe john carpeter was piss poor.
GodzillaKart - 8/25/2011, 6:57 AM
Sounded great...until they compared it to "The Mummy".
HelaGood - 8/25/2011, 8:04 AM
halloween costume idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SeaSerpentine - 8/25/2011, 8:22 AM
I'm fine with it as long as it's nothing like The Mummy or The Wolfman.
spiderclone - 8/25/2011, 8:47 AM
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plasticman - 8/25/2011, 8:51 AM
I loved the Memoirs of the Invisible Man as well. One of the most compelling stories of our facination with being invisibe.

I really need to get it on DVD/Blu-Ray.
UltimateMarvel - 8/25/2011, 9:11 AM
Didn't see this one coming!
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/25/2011, 10:37 AM
Make it action/horror/thriller and it could be great!:)
SpiderFan35 - 8/25/2011, 10:57 AM
Helagood: Yeah, that way you don't even have to go to the party, you can just tell people the next day that you were there ;P
Spectre94 - 8/25/2011, 6:12 PM
The Invisible Man is my favorite book ever. They better not screw this up, but I am interested in a movie adaptation
Justice - 8/25/2011, 7:01 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whyyyyyyyyyyyy??? You know somehting will go bad; something usaly does.

They were good then, and they still are, but a remake! A reboot! Is out of the question!
HellScorpion - 8/26/2011, 7:47 PM
Wasn't a Hollow Man a remake of The Invisible Man? Though I guess this is one of those few times when a remake is acceptable....

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