Leigh Whannell’s “The Invisible Man” unveils its first trailer, and it looks proper fun
Leigh Whannell reimagines the H.G. Wells classic.
"The Invisible Man" (2020)
Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer,
February 28, 2020
Leigh Whanell has made his path known with Upgrade, a rip-roaring cyborg thriller with thoughtful satiric jabs. He’s an obvious disciple to John Carpenter, who indirectly or not uses the speculative genre to touch on significant subjects. With his new film, The Invisible Man, it looks like he’s well on his way.
The trailer, which dropped just now, shows a reimagining of the classic H.G. Wells novel, not a retelling. It follows Cecilia Kass, a battered wife (Elisabeth Moss) whose abusive husband, Dr. Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), commits suicide. Cecilia speculates that her husband faked his death and has, incredibly, learned how to make himself invisible.
It sounds like it’s standard sci-fi schlock. The very same that bred from the seminal 1933 classic directed by James Whale. But if Whannell’s previous films are any indication, it looks like we’re going to get a properly fun iteration of the story, recontextualized to our modern times.
The Invisible Man is the second feature to come out of Universal’s Dark Universe banner, a franchise with modern takes of Universal’s classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein. It succeeds 2017’s The Mummy, which flopped both critically and commercially. A new film, titled Dark Army, is also in development, with Paul Feig attached to direct. Feig says the film is heavily inspired by the 1935 film, The Bride of Frankenstein.
Check out the trailer for The Invisible Man:
After this, Whannell is set to direct a remake of Carpenter’s Escape From New York. That keeps me on my toes about where Whannell goes with his movies. For now, I’ll have to see how The Invisible Man turns out when it hits theaters early next year.