〉The classic H.G. Wells novel is getting a new spin from Sony and Red Wagon Entertainment.
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 iconic character was first brought to life by Claude Rains in the 1933 Universal horror film of the same title directed by James Whale. The character has since become an iconic “monster” for the studio, spawning multiple sequels, including The Return of The Invisible Man starring Vincent Price in 1940. The Sony project is unrelated to Universal’s shared monster universe, which is currently developing a separate project featuring the character. The concept of the novel has been the inspiration for numerous thrillers, including Hollow Man, which starred Kevin Bacon. Other projects include 1992’s Memoirs of the Invisible Man, which starred Chevy Chase and the Invisible Man Syfy series that aired between 2000 and 2002.
Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick have produced many successful adaptations, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Divergent series, which starred Shailene Woodley. The pair are next set to produce an upcoming adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, titled Jekyll. They founded Red Wagon Entertainment in 1999, with the Winona Ryder drama Girl Interrupted becoming their first produced film under the banner.
Fisher and Wick are repped by CAA.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer