For the last few years, Universal has – for reasons I’ll never understand – desperately tried to create a shared universe for its classic monsters. While that’s a fine idea in theory, how they chose to go about it was all wrong.
Dubbed the “Dark Universe,” the planned franchise would take the classic monsters we all know and love and put them in action/adventure movies instead of horror. Genre fans hated this, but Universal didn’t seem to care.
2014’s Dracula Untold was originally intended to kick off the Dark Universe, but nobody liked that, so they ignored it and tried to have 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise be the first entry. Nobody liked that either.
After taking stock of their failures so far, Variety reports that Universal has made the sensible decision to abandon the Dark Universe, and has hired horror masters Blumhouse to produce a reboot of 1933’s The Invisible Man.
Directing the reboot will be Leigh Whannell, who’s worked closely with James Wan on the Saw and Insidious franchises, and helmed the awesome sci-fi/horror effort Upgrade last year. Whannell is a truly inspired pick.
In great news, the Invisible Man reboot will be a full-on horror film, and future classic monster reboots will also be rooted in horror. It’s so cool to see a studio do something that makes actual sense for a change.