'Upgrade' director Leigh Whannell will make new version of classic horror tale

By Clark Collis
January 28, 2019 at 01:43 PM EST

Upgrade filmmaker Leigh Whannell has been hired to direct The Invisible Man for Universal. The movie is inspired by the company’s classic monster character and will be produced by Whannell and Jason Blum for his Universal-based Blumhouse Productions. Whannell’s other previous credits include writing 2004’s Saw and 2010’s Insidious, both of which were directed by James Wan.

Universal had previously planned to produce a series of monster movies which shared an interconnected universe, starting with 2017’s Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy. This so-called Dark Universe was set to star Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man. The studio has now abandoned that idea in favor of movies which will not necessarily share a universe and will be directed by filmmakers inspired to create their own unique stories.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

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