Love Leigh Whannell? Me too.
And if so, you’re in for some good news. Hot off the success of his new film The Invisible Man, THR reports that the horror maestro has signed a new deal with Blumhouse that will link him to numerous films and TV shows over the next two years.
Whannell, known for the Saw and Insidious franchises, has inked a two-year overall deal with Blumhouse for film and television. The first-look deal will include projects he writes, directs or produces. The filmmaker and Blumhouse have collaborated on seven projects to date, with The Invisible Man off to a strong start that could see it earn $26 million over opening weekend.
Along with being a financial success, critical reviews have been mostly positive towards Leigh Whannell’s updated take on the classic.
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times especially gives praise to star Elizabeth Moss, as evidenced in this snippet of their review:
“Moss’s full-bore performance — anchored by her extraordinarily supple face — gives the movie its emotional stakes. The figure of the imperiled woman tends to be irresistible, but you need to care about the character, too, really share her worries and her terrors. With her high forehead, prominent jawline and eyes that can pop or menacingly narrow, Moss has an ideal big-screen canvas, one she fills with subtle fluctuations that let you follow Cecilia’s inner states even when she goes quiet. Directors like to over-pump Moss’s tears (she’s a real sob sister), but here the waterworks don’t gush, which complicates the idea of Cecilia as a hapless victim.”
The Invisible Man is out now in theaters.