Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’ Reboot Lands New Director, Johnny Depp No Longer to Star

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Blumhouse’s “The Invisible Man” will hit theaters on March 13, 2020, Universal Pictures announced on Monday.Leigh Whannell, who helmed “Insidious: Chapter 3” and “Upgrade,” will direct the remake of “The Invisible Man,” the 1933 film based on the novel by H. G. Wells. Whannell will also produce alongside Jason Blum for his Universal-based Blumhouse Productions and Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne.Elisabeth Moss and Storm Reid star. Whannell also wrote the screenplay. Production will begin in Sydney, Australia in July.Also Read: Universal's 'The Invisible Man' Reboot Lands New Director, Johnny Depp No Longer to StarJohnny Depp originally joined the project back in February 2016 as part of Universal’s then-planned Dark Universe, a shared cinematic universe of films based on its stable classic monster movie characters. The franchise kicked off with Tom Cruise in “The Mummy” and was also meant to star Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as planned movies for “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolf Man” and others.That plan for a shared universe is no more. However, Universal plans to still make projects based on these characters and the Universal monsters’ legacy.Also Read: Zoe Lister-Jones to Write, Direct 'The Craft' Reboot for Blumhouse, ColumbiaThese films will also be rooted in horror and will carry no budget, genre or rating restrictions, with no expectation for the films to be part of a shared universe.Read original story Blumhouse’s ‘The Invisible Man’ Sets March 2020 Release Date At TheWrap
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Johnny Depp will no longer appear in Universal’s reboot of “The Invisible Man,” a source tells TheWrap.

Leigh Whannell, the director of “Insidious: Chapter 3” and “Upgrade,” has signed on to direct the remake of “The Invisible Man,” which Universal Pictures is developing based on the classic monster movie character, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Whannell will also produce alongside Jason Blum for his Universal-based Blumhouse Productions.

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Depp had originally joined the project back in February 2016 as part of Universal’s planned Dark Universe based on its classic monster movie characters. The franchise kicked off with Tom Cruise in “The Mummy” and was also meant to star Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as planned movies for “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolf Man” and others.

And that plan for a shared universe is no more. However, Universal plans to still make projects based on these characters and the Universal monsters’ legacy.

These films will also be rooted in horror and will carry no budget, genre or rating restrictions, with no expectation for the films to be part of a shared universe.

Also Read: 'Halloween' Producer Jason Blum Is Down for a Sequel: 'We're Dying to' Make One

Whannell recently collaborated with Blumhouse on hit films including “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Upgrade.” Whannell is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, managers Stacey Testro and Katie Ybarra from STI, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP

Variety was first to report news of Whannell’s hiring.

Read original story Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’ Reboot Lands New Director, Johnny Depp No Longer to Star At TheWrap