Deadline.com is reporting that The Haunting of Hill House actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen has landed the title role in Universal/Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man.
The HG Wells classic is one of the most enduring archetypes in the compendium of Horror characters. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. Which makes the character 122 years old at the time of this article.
Which is how it apparently joined the Universal rostrum. Originally as a part of their so called ‘Dark Universe’.
Universal had intended to create an entire cinematic universe, with internal consistency based on the (public domain) pantheon of classic monsters—along the conceptual lines of same universe actions of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Penny Dreadful–or even the Marvel Universe.
In fact, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were hired to oversee scripting for interconnected films like The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and a bakers dozen of others. Even though The Mummy was the only one of these movies to ever see the light of day…
After The Mummy stinkbombed with such a magnitude that it cratered into a caldera of stink bomb, the next Dark Universe project, The Bride of Frankenstein, was shut down just as pre-production began. Now it looks like the Dark Universe is truly dead, and not even a jolt of electricity will be able to resurrect it.
The Mummy, crashed hard enough to wipe out the entire Dark Universe idea.
Even though the film was the biggest global opening for Tom Cruise, Deadline estimated that it the studio $95 million in stinkbomb dollars.
Somehow, The Invisible Man escaped the general chaos and is a real thing. With a real star.
Jackson-Cohen joins an pretty amazing cast that includes the star of Netflix’s runaway hit “Handmaid’s Tale’ Elisabeth Moss, plus Sam Smith Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, and Harriet Dyer.
As he aptly demonstrated in Hill House, he can definitely handle the classically seedy and violent aspects of Griffin, the man who renders himself invisible.
Leigh Whannell (SAW, Insidious) is directing the feature which has just started production at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia.
The release date is slated for March 13, 2020.