In a rather bold casting choice, Johnny Depp has been announced to star in Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man. This is part of the studios ongoing attempt to re-animate their classic monsters franchise for the new millennium.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are spearheading the monsters overhaul and will be producing the film.
This is the studios second huge casting announcement for their monster franchise with Tom Cruise being set to star in their Mummy reboot for a June, 2017 release. As of yet, there is no release date set for The Invisible Man nor director hired.
Universal’s first foray into the character was a 1933 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel that starred Claude Rains as a scientist who universal-the-invisible-man-posterfinds a way to become invisible. The price is his sanity. The film was directed by James Whale, the immortal who also helmed Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, and it was produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.
Kurtzman and Morgan have been hashing out the monsters universe in a writers room, but you cannot argue with the studio’s wisdom in putting those classic franchises on the slab and reanimating them.
More on this as it develops!