After a disastrous start to the Dark Universe with Tom Cruise led ‘The Mummy’, Universal put further projects on hold. Now, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions have taken up reigns on the next stand-alone to give it that much-needed horror injection.

The next film on the agenda is a reboot of ‘The Invisible Man’ which has just had Upgrade’s  Leigh Whannell sign on the dotted line to helm the project and co-produce and pen the script. Initially, the project was part of the Dark Universe and had Johnny Depp attached. Now going in a new direction, Depp will no longer appear in the film but hasn’t been ruled out of any of the other projects in development.

Universal is still keen to reintroduce their back catalogue of Monster’s classic which includes Dracula and Frankenstein but with a new and improved contemporary feel “deep-rooted in horror”. It has also been stated that there will be no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating, and no expectation that they will exist as part of a shared universe.

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‘The Invisible Man’ is based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, the story follows a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself but fails in his attempt to reverse it.

Whannell has previously worked with Blumhouse on projects such as ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ and ‘Upgrade’.