David Goyer swears Universal still wants to make his Invisible Man film
David Goyer first struck a deal with Universal to develop a modern re-telling of THE INVISIBLE MAN back in 2007 (in fact, just over four years ago). Goyer spoke to the LA Times this week to assure everyone that Universal is still, like, all totally serious and stuff about making it.
Despite the fact that Universal is tossing tentpole projects in the trash heap fast and furious style, Goyer maintains that his project is still in the works. "Itís something slowly working its way through the Universal development channels...itís still alive," Goyer said adding that, "If they get the right lead, theyíll make it."
Universal, like many studios in Hollywood, has been hot to reboot some of the franchises in their stable of characters. With Disney, it's their classic fairy tales and with Universal, it's their monsters like Wolfman, Dracula, Mummy and the like. While THE WOLFMAN wound up being another high-profile flop, the studio still seems interested in moving forward with this agenda (at least so says Goyer).
As for the film itself, "It's a period film but it's period like Downey's SHERLOCK HOLMES," explains Goyer, which all sounds well and good until he starts name-dropping the awful MUMMY franchise. "Itís a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded THE MUMMY into a much bigger kind of mythology." Word to the wise: don't look to anything Stephen Sommers did as inspiration.
The original premise for story was that the new Invisible Man, a nephew of the original HG Wells character, would use his powers to join MI:6 and act as some kind of super-spy. How much of that has been maintained over the years remains to be seen (though it does line up with the comparisons to SHERLOCK HOLMES).
At one time Goyer was thought to be directing the project but I'm guessing that ship has sailed and Universal would look for an A-list director to bring the ambitious project to the screen. Who do you think would work and are you excited at all for an INVISIBLE MAN film?