Invisible Man

Aug. 24, 2011 | 5:07 p.m.

‘The Invisible Man': Universal sets sights on remake

"The Invisible Man" (1933) was the breakthrough role for Claude Rains, who impressed director James Whale with his stately speaking voice. Boris Karloff was the first choice for the job. (Los Angeles Times archives)
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.'” The Invisible Man — be it the actual classic character or the latest newcomer using the nickname  — […]
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