Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in Invisible Woman

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman. The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original p…

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman.

The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original pitch to executives at Universal Pictures, according to Deadline.

Banks will produce alongside her husband Max Handelman for their Brownstone Productions banner from a script written by The Girl on the Train’s Erin Cressida Wilson. She will also reportedly play the character who turns invisible.

The project is completely different and separate from the upcoming psychological horror The Invisible Man, which stars Elisabeth Moss as a widow of an abusive husband who fears he might still be around. That film, directed by Leigh Whannell, is set for release in February.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual, original monster stories that have less connection between films.

As such, Last Christmas’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and followed it up with the recent Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott. She is also attached to direct TV movie The Greater Good.

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Johnny Depp disappears from The Invisible Man reboot – report

Johnny Depp is reportedly no longer attached to appear in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man. The Pirates of the Caribbean star initially boarded the Universal Studios project in 2016, signing on to revamp H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a chemist wh…

Johnny Depp is reportedly no longer attached to appear in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star initially boarded the Universal Studios project in 2016, signing on to revamp H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a chemist who embarks on a killing spree after using a dangerous drug that renders him invisible, but it appears Depp has since stepped down from the role of the crazed leading man, according to Variety.

The news emerges as studio officials reveal they have tapped Insidious: Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell to take charge of the monster remake, reuniting him with Blumhouse Productions boss Jason Blum, who also produced the filmmaker’s 2015 supernatural hit and 2018 thriller Upgrade.

“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualised approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”

Wells’ novel has been adapted for the screen numerous times since it was published in 1897, with the most famous film version released in 1933, starring Claude Rains as The Invisible Man.

The reboot is intended to be part of the studio’s monster movies revamp series, which began with the 2017 release of The Mummy, featuring Tom Cruise as Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

However, the big-budget blockbuster fell flat with critics and was considered a box office bomb after projected losses were reported to be up to $95 million (£72 million), despite grossing $410 million (£312 million) worldwide.

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