Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and Goalpost Pictures will co-produce The Invisible Man, a sci-fi horror movie inspired by the classic monster character for Universal Pictures.
Leigh Whannell will script and direct the movie which will start shooting in Sydney in July. Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaids Tale, Top of the Lake) has signed to play an as yet unspecified role. Casting is underway for other roles in Australia and US.
It is the second collaboration between Blumhouse, Goalpost and Whannell following Upgrade, which was shot in Melbourne and starred Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Harrison Gilbertson and Get Out‘s Betty Gabriel .
Whannell serves as executive producer via his company Nervous Tick alongside the producers, Jason Blum and Goalpost’s Kylie du Fresne. He is in Oz on a recce.
No details of the plot have been revealed but the source material presumably includes James Whale’s 1933 sci-fi horror movie The Invisible Man, based on the eponymous H. G. Wells novel.
Produced by Universal, that movie starred Claude Rains as a scientist who finds a way of making himself invisible but in the process becomes murderously insane, spawning numerous film and TV spin-offs.
Moss told the Hollywood Reporter: “Part of the reason why I wanted to do it is I actually felt like it was a really feminist story of female empowerment and a victim kind of overcoming something,”
She starred in Jordan Peele’s Us, produced by Blum, which is the highest-grossing, R-rated original horror movie of all time with $US250 million.