David Goyer Wants to Give THE INVISIBLE MAN the SHERLOCK HOLMES Treatment

     August 25, 2011


David Goyer has been attached to remake The Invisible Man since 2007.  To give you an idea of how long that is in movie years, in 2008 Steve interviewed Goyer and got details on The Invisible Man and the Magneto prequel.  The Magneto prequel was eventually woven into this year’s X-Men: First Class.  But The Invisible Man is still alive and “working its way through the Universal development channels.”  Disconcertingly, Goyer tells Hero Complex that his take on H.G. Wells’ original 1897 story way (which was adapted by James Whale in 1933 and starred Claude Raines) would expand the mythology of the character (ugh).  Hit the jump for the full quote from Goyer and why I find it disappointing.

Goyer tells Hero Complex:

“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.’”

This is what Goyer is citing as his inspirations: Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy.  And to an extent, I understand why he’s citing those movies.  If The Invisible Man is still churning through development hell, then maybe comparing it to those successful movies can get it into production.  But the trade off is that it does have to be modernized.  Additionally, Goyer doesn’t mention what this new version would do thematically or from a storytelling perspective.  Is it a comment on something? Is it trying to compare the ideas of Wells’ original novel to the present day?  Or is he simply on his way to rediscovering why Hollow Man flopped or repeating his own failed invisible protagonist flick, The Invisible?

One more question: how do you get a star on to what is ostensibly a big budget film and then make him invisible?  It may just have to be an actor who’s willing to convey the majority of their performance through body language instead of facial expressions.  Now that would be an interesting movie. [Awesome Invisible Man poster below by Kevin Tong]:


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  • Romsy

    Andy Serkis to the rescue!

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      I was thinking the same thing.

      Serkis doesn’t seem like someone who’s hung up on face time in movies, and nor do I think his agent would fight to have his face shown in a certain percentage of the movie.

      But I know that Hollywood’s going to choose one of the emo, pretty boys they’ve been trying to ram down our throats as of late playing the Invisible Man. And they’ll make it so the Invisible Man if often very visible.

    • James

      The thought of Andy starring in this is just brilliant. I’d go watch it, if only to see his performance. =)

  • Ringbearer1420

    How about giving it the H.G. Wells treatment.
    And their is no way Goyer would do a better job expanding the Invisible Man’s mythology than Alan Moore did in his stunning Leagure of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  • Tal

    I think it’s important to remember that Hugo Weaving’s V from V FOR VENDETTA was also a performance devoid of facial expression that worked really well by relying on voice and body language. Some actors (Serkis, Weaving, who knows who else) might be drawn to that kind of an opportunity.

    Or just cast an unknown with a good voice and cut down on the budget :D.

    • Ringbearer1420

      Oh yeah. And the original gave us Claude Rains. Though Willam Defoe or Michael Fasbender would be good.

      • Carlos A. (Colombia)

        Well I want to throw in another good expressive artist… Doug Jones… you can see him as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, as the Pale Man in the Pan’s Labyrinth or even playing the Silver Surfer in that lousy movie FF+SS…. (let’s remember he didn’t voice the character, that was of course, Mr. Laurence Fishburne, but still he was great)

  • SpiderHam

    I got an idea for your website: Just give us the facts and save your snarky, affected comments for the comments section, or your local bar; where you can annoy everyone with your petty opinions.

    • Brandon

      Seriously. Who gave this POS a job? Matt Goldberg has to be one of the worst writers on the internet. I don’t think I’ve seen a single positive comment about him or his work.

  • JLC

    Sounds like they want to make it into a tentpole. Great (sarcasm).

    The point of the novel and the Rains film was that the formula drove him insane. Sounds like a terrific lighthearted vehicle for a wiseacre like Ryan Reynolds!

  • JasonMan

    David Goyer wants to give The Invisible Man The Sherlock Holmes treatment, huh?

    How about David Goyer gives himself The Invisible Man treatment and disappears forever!

  • JayF

    Why do you have such an aversion to just reporting? No one cares about your opinion. Seriously, it’s annoying.

    • dukeofyork

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