Big news from Universal and Blumhouse today! It looks like the current master of horror, Blumhouse Productions, is getting the keys to reboot the Universal Monster series of films. I guess after the abysmal failure of the Tom Cruise, The Mummy, Universal got smart and decided to include Blumhouse to turn the franchises around. It seems that The Invisible Man will kick start the revisions and will be directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Insidious: Chapter 3). Johnny Depp was previously going to star as the Invisible Man himself but not anymore. No word yet on who will play the title character.
“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualized approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.” – Via Bloody Disgusting
Blumhouse has a fantastic history on creating great horror movies on a restrained budget so I am very excited to see how they approach such huge franchises from Universal.