To say The Invisible Man was a success for Blumhouse is an understatement. After generating overwhelmingly strong reviews, Leigh Whannell’s latest crushed its opening weekend, a clear hit with critics and fans alike. Clearly, Universal’s classic creatures are a viable IP to base a movie on, if you get their story right for a modern audience.
And producer Jason Blum already knows the next Universal monster he wants his production company to tackle: Frankenstein’s Monster (which, for the purposes of this article, I’ll be calling Frankenstein so all y’all on Team “Frankenstein is name of the scientist, not the monster” will just have to cool your jets for the duration).
While speaking on the Evolution of Horror podcast, the Blumhouse head explained he wants to develop a fresh spin on Frankenstein, citing the success of what Whannell did with The Invisible Man as inspiration:
“I’d love to do Frankenstein. I’ve tasked our filmmakers with trying to figure out just straight Frankenstein. Again, I don’t know if someone else is doing it, I don’t know anything about it, but I would love to try, and I’m waiting for the great idea. The Invisible Man, I agree, the best ideas feel like, ‘My gosh, it’s so obvious — why didn’t that happen before?’ If we could come up with something as good for Frankenstein, I’d love to try that.”
Along with Dracula, Frankenstein is the Universal Classic Monster to get more remakes and reimaginings than any other monster – in the last five, six years alone I can think of, off the top of my head, at least two theatrical releases (I, Frankenstein and Victor Frankenstein) one Netflix movie (Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein) and one TV series (The Frankenstein Chronicles) all based on the story of the monster. Another remake would have to really bring something new and different to the table. An approach like what Whannell did with Invisible Man is smart: Rather than a detailed remake that was slavishly devoted to the original source material, instead, he took the skeleton of the story and reshaped it to be relevant for our time. If anyone were to crack the code on the right approach, surely it would be one of the wildly talented filmmakers and writers in Blumhouse’s network.
The Invisible Man is currently in theaters. Get tickets here.