For all the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been a variety of failed attempts by other studios to create similarly profitable shared movie universes. The most notable is almost certainly the Dark Universe, with which Universal attempted to make a series of film based on their classic monster properties. But while the Dark Universe might have collapsed after the failure of its first movie–2017’s The Mummy–the studio is still pressing ahead with standalone monster movies. First out of the gate is The Invisible Man, and the first trailer has been released.
This latest version of the classic story is produced by horror specialists Blumhouse Pictures (Us, The Purge), and it puts a scary twist on this classic story. Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Cecilia, a woman who escapes from her abusive husband Adrian, who subsequently kills himself. Or so she’s told–in fact, Adrian has found away to turn himself invisible and sets about tormenting Cecilia. It looks really dark and intense–check the trailer out below.
The Invisible Man also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures), and Storm Reid (Euphoria). It’s directed by Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw series with James Wan, and made his directorial debut last year with the sci-fi thriller Upgrade. The movie hits theaters on February 28, 2020.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whannell spoke about how his version of The Invisible Man differs from earlier versions. “The image of the Invisible Man in the floating trench coat and the floating sunglasses is one that is clearly etched into the public consciousness,” he said. “I wanted to kind of get away from that and make something that was really modern, really grounded, or as grounded as you can be when you’re dealing with a film called The Invisible Man. Just something that was really tense and scary in a way The Invisible Man hasn’t been before.”
As for other Universal monster movies, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig recently revealed that he plans to make one titled Dark Army. He told Comingsoon.net that his script is currently with the studio, and that it will be a “modern day version of a monster movie.”