If the Dark Universe is being reborn, I’m glad it’s through Blumhouse Productions. Producer Jason Blum has always prioritized a good story over a simple premise, and now we will get to see what he can do with The Invisible Man from director Leigh Whannell.
The film will see Elisabeth Moss as a wife who escapes from her abusive husband, only to find out that he may be haunting her as an invisible man. Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen also star. Check out the trailer below.
When it was announced that Lionsgate would be rebootingSaw based on an original idea from Chris Rock, most laughed at the idea. But the franchise will be bringing back some key players. The original creators of the franchise, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, executive produce alongside Daniel Heffner and Rock. Additionally, Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV, would be helming. And Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who penned the last entry of the Saw franchise, would be writing the script.
Now the reboot, which promises take the horror series to an “intense and twisted new place,” is adding some major star power. According to new reports, Glass and Spider-Man: Far From Home star Samuel L. Jackson will be joining the cast. More on the report below.
Like a good horror villain, the Saw franchise refuses to die.
It’s been announced that the franchise is being rebooted with a new entry in 2020, and someone quite unexpected is behind its resurrection: Chris Rock. Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have teamed up with Rock for the reboot, which he says will take the horror series to an “intense and twisted new place.”
When it was first announced, a shared universe for rebooted takes on Universal’s classic monsters sounded like it could be fun if all went well. Things did not go well.
The shared universe, which was dubbed the Dark Universe, opened with 2017’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. Instead of focusing on the horror, the focus was more on making a CGI-heavy action blockbuster. The movie cost $125 million to produce, and made only $80 million at the domestic box office. A nearly $330 million showing in foreign markets helped to recoup some of those costs, but the Dark Universe was in serious jeopardy of dropping dead a few steps from the starting line.
Now comes word that Universal has indeed killed off the Dark Universe, and will instead shift their focus to rebooting their monsters as individual projects with no ties to a connected universe and, best of all, rooted in horror with no restrictions on the budget, the rating, or the tone.
Leigh Whannell is a well-known name in the horror genre. Not only did he write the nine-minute short film Saw—which spawned the horror franchise of the same name—but he also wrote the first movie in said franchise as well as sequels Saw II and Saw III, and even starred in multiple entries including the original. Whannell also wrote and starred in all four Insidious movies, even stepping in to direct 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3. He also wrote Dead Silence, and wrote and starred in the horror comedy Cooties to name a couple of others.
Now Whannell is jumping over to the science fiction genre for his latest feature Upgrade. But don’t worry; while this is a sci-fi flick it also includes action, and yes, horror elements for fans to look forward to. The movie comes from Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind Get Out, The Purge series, and much more, who has gone full Christmas releasing both a red band trailer and a green band trailer for their newest title. Click on over to the other side now to check out the trailers and see a poster.