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Link to my 2008 blog post on this film:

7. David Goyer tells the
that he's working on an
Invisible Man
script in which the nephew of the Claude Rains character in the 1933 film is sent as a "secret agent" into "imperial Russia". That sounds kind of like the plot of
(1942), except there it was Rains's
grandson
and he was sent into Nazi Germany.

I have no idea if they're still sticking with that premise, though.

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‘The Invisible Man’: Universal sets sights on remake

Hollywood is taking another look at “The Invisible Man.” The see-through scientist was introduced by H.G. Wells way back in 1897 but a feature film now in the works would broaden the mythology and reach for an aesthetic closer to Guy Ritchie’s action-packed ”Sherlock Holmes” franchise and the effects spectacle of ”The Mummy” franchise, according to writer-director David S. Goyer.

“It’s a period film but it’s period like Downey’s ’Sherlock Holmes,’” said Goyer, whose writing credits include “The Dark Knight” and the upcoming “Man of Steel” project that will put Superman back on the big screen. “It’s period but it’s a reinvention of the character in the sort of way that Stephen Sommers exploded ‘The Mummy’ into a much bigger kind of mythology. That’s kind of what we’ve done with ‘The Invisible Man.’” . . .

Los Angeles Times, August 24


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Okay, I'll ask. How big of a visual effects budget do you need to make something that you can't see?

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It's the side effects that save us.
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And didn't this guy used to post here at A&F?


In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the Universe.

Filmsweep by Persona. 2013 Film Journal. IlPersona.

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Tyler wrote:

: Okay, I'll ask. How big of a visual effects budget do you need to make something that you can't see?

To borrow a bit from John 3, the trick isn't so much the part that can't be seen, but the parts that are affected by what the unseen thing DOES.

Hollow Man showed how smoke and water and various other elements would have to swirl around the invisible man, and how his every move and gesture would leave an impression on his environment (an indentation in a chair that he was sitting in, for example), and I'm sure they spent a fair bit of money achieving all those effects.

The irony, of course, is that these effects tended to undermine the whole thrust of the film, which is that people can become capable of awful crimes when they can move around undetected. Well, thanks to those effects, we in the audience at least were able to do a lot of detecting.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} “The Invisible Man” Reboot Set At Sony With The “Divergent” Series Producers

A reboot of H.G. Wells’ THE INVISIBLE MAN is in the works at Sony. Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick are set to produce the project under their Red Wagon Entertainment banner, with Lucas Wiesendanger and Nicki Cortese serving as executive producers. Jonathan Kadin will oversee the project for the studio. The original novel, published in 1897, followed the character of Griffin and his descent into madness upon becoming invisible as the result of a scientific experiment. Griffin becomes corrupted by his new power, and uses it to cause anarchy. The studio is developing a new spin that will make the Invisible Man the villain of the film, with the audience following the hero that is tasked to hunt him down. . . .

The Sony project is unrelated to Universal’s shared monster universe, which is currently developing a separate project featuring the character. . . .

The Tracking Board, April 21


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Is this the film that became Leigh Whannel's/Elisabeth Moss's project? 

There are very, very, few films I've wanted to review only so that I could rate them on Rotten Tomatoes, but this is one, given that it was over 90% last I looked:

https://letterboxd.com/kenmorefield/film/the-invisible-man-2020/

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So it falls to me to be *that* guy. The woke critic who points out that the film essentially brutalizes women for 120 minutes in order, ostensibly, to tell us that brutalizing women is bad. That supporting the film so that we can have more films opened by and anchored by women is only really progress if the films themselves are any good. That even as revenge porn, the film hedges its bets both by elongating the violence against women and eliding the "cathartic" payback against men. 

Mostly though this sucks because it asks us to cheer Elisabeth Moss's character at the end when we know somewhere in our souls that her violence, however much it was justified, will haunt her, not free her. 


No thanks.

 

 

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Ken, I avoided your comments until I completed my own review, which I'll post tomorrow.  But we're 100% on the same wavelength here.  I really try to be charitable in my reviews, knowing that I'm critiquing an object that 100s of people spent a year or more crafting.  But this film is so loathsome, I went full-on catty about it.  I haven't hated a movie this much since Joker, and that's saying a lot.


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

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kenmorefield wrote:
: Is this the film that became Leigh Whannel's/Elisabeth Moss's project?

Close enough, I think. The thread began with a reference to Universal's attempt to make a new Invisible Man movie nearly a decade ago. Some time after that, Universal announced that it was going to make an Invisible Man movie as part of a shared Monsterverse -- but after the first film in that universe, the Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise, flopped at the box office, Universal abandoned the Monsterverse and got their buddies at Blumhouse to make a low-budget Invisible Man movie with Elisabeth Moss instead.


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