David Goyer Still Thinks We Will See THE INVISIBLE MAN

Batman Begins screenwriter tells us to expect a re-imagining of the Universal monster similar to that of Stephen Sommers' The Mummy.

We had thought David Goyer's proposed remake of The Invisible Man had been erased in the wake of how much trouble Universal had with The Wolfman before it eventually flopped - but news today is encouraging that the project is very much still alive and might still see the light of day. Whilst speaking on the set of the new Superman movie which the Batman Begins screenwriter wrote for Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder, Goyer told Hero Complex;
€œIt€™s something slowly working its way through the Universal development channels... 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.
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.€™€
Back in 2007 Goyer was hired to write and direct a new adaptation of the H.G. Wells Gothic classic that was already turned into a rather brilliant black & white horror in 1933 by Frankenstein director James Whale that brought the character into the canon of Universal monsters. Back then we were told of this plot synopsis;
Conceived as a sequel to Wells€™ original tale, the story centers on a British nephew of the original Invisible Man. Once he discovers his uncle€™s formula for achieving invisibility, he is recruited by British intelligence agency MI5 during WWII.
Which obviously backs up Goyer's comments about going for the tentpole audience and you can definitely see this re-imagining working which strips away the horror of the original and moves it more into the action/adventure and even espionage/film noir realm. I mean after all, why try and top the power and the imagination of the original by doing the same old/same old when you can go this very different and intriguing route. Oh and can we suggest Michael Fassbender for the lead role... we think he's someone who would be 'the right lead'. Ironically Goyer's hiring to write & direct The Invisible Man came in the same year he delivered The Invisible, a shoddy teenage horror movie he directed from someone elses script. Clearly being invisible is a subject that speaks to Goyer and with such excellent subject matter that is ready for a smart remake (or something better than Hollow Man and John Carpenter's Memoirs of an Invisible Man at least), we are hopeful this one gets made.

Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.