“Men in Black” and “Now You See Me” scribe Ed Solomon, who has been attached to pen Universal’s “The Invisible Man” film for two years, has confirmed he’s left the project. This new adaptation of the iconic H.G. Wells novel was set to be a part of Universal’s “Dark Universe” initiative and star Johnny Depp in the role.
However with the failure of “The Mummy” reboot last year, and a general audience souring on attempts to build elaborate cinematic universes without a proper foundation, the fate of all the films in that ‘Dark Universe’ stable seems unclear. Solomon explains his exit to Digital Spy:
“At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be. We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting.
I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and, ‘What is our real intention with it?’, and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good. So I’m not working on it.”
The comments follow ‘Dark Universe’ gatekeepers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan departing the would-be franchise. Bill Condon’s “Bride of Frankenstein” is the next film in the planned series.