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David Goyer swears Universal still wants to make his Invisible Man film

Aug. 25, 2011by: Mike Sampson

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?

Source: LA Times

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9:00PM on 08/25/2011
Sommers might not be a great director, but I loved the first Mummy.
Sommers might not be a great director, but I loved the first Mummy.
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9:53AM on 08/25/2011

Just remember David...

That if he indeed makes himself invisible, laws of science prove that he will in fact be blind as light will not be able to enter through his retina to be processed by his brain.
Of course you won't follow this as it is fantasy so make sure there's lots peeping tom scenes.
That if he indeed makes himself invisible, laws of science prove that he will in fact be blind as light will not be able to enter through his retina to be processed by his brain.
Of course you won't follow this as it is fantasy so make sure there's lots peeping tom scenes.
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5:16PM on 08/25/2011
They should just have us stare at a blank screen for 90 minutes and say they made the film but it's invisible.
Greatest and cheapest marketing ploy ever.
They should just have us stare at a blank screen for 90 minutes and say they made the film but it's invisible.
Greatest and cheapest marketing ploy ever.
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2:35PM on 08/25/2011

if they get the right lead?

what the lead who wont be seen and will be invisible? yeah i bet there are all kinds of actors who want to go through all the crap kevin Bacon did, to not be seen. Amvie that has a moment or 2 of being invisible is ok, but an entire movie about it will never work.
what the lead who wont be seen and will be invisible? yeah i bet there are all kinds of actors who want to go through all the crap kevin Bacon did, to not be seen. Amvie that has a moment or 2 of being invisible is ok, but an entire movie about it will never work.
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2:05PM on 08/25/2011

He did make an Invisible man- type movie.

It's called the Invisible and it sucked. If hollow Man proved anything, is that the Invisible Man will forever be typecast as the villian or a teen ghost.
It's called the Invisible and it sucked. If hollow Man proved anything, is that the Invisible Man will forever be typecast as the villian or a teen ghost.
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2:51AM on 08/26/2011
This would be sick but they really need to remake The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Do they need a script? I wrote my own, give me some cred and they can have it. My Creature concepts and all.
Goyer is a cool dude, though. :)
This would be sick but they really need to remake The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Do they need a script? I wrote my own, give me some cred and they can have it. My Creature concepts and all.
Goyer is a cool dude, though. :)
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9:56AM on 08/25/2011

I was interested

until I read stephen sommers and Downey's Sherlock Holmes... If done right, the invisible man could still make another great movie.
until I read stephen sommers and Downey's Sherlock Holmes... If done right, the invisible man could still make another great movie.
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