He’s been developing it for a few years over at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, now writer/director David Goyer says his new take on the H.G. Wells classic “The Invisible Man” is looking to go broader than originally planned.
“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'” said Goyer in a recent interview with Hero Complex.
Goyer was set to write the script back in 2007 and many have wondered if the project has since stalled, but he says “it’s still alive. 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.”
At last report this version is being 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.
Several versions of the character have hit the screen from James Whale’s famous 1933 film with Claude Rains, the 1992 Chevy Chase contemporary romance version and several American series on NBC and Sci-Fi. To date the most faithful adaptation was arguably the 1984 British mini-series.