James Wan Signs On For Universal Monster Movie

March 7, 2020

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On the heels of Leigh Whannell’s success with Universal’s The Invisible Man, horror heavy hitter James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring franchise) has signed on to develop a monster movie for Universal Studios, THR is reporting.

Wan’s Atomic Monster will be producing the currently untitled movie written by “Supernatural’s” Robbie Thompson.

“Sources say the story takes its cues from Universal’s classic monster legacy and shines it through a modern prism. With shades of Disturbia, the story will focus on a group of teens who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement. Spoiler: the monster gets loose.”

Sounds a bit like a modern Frankenstein, doesn’t it?

At this time Universal Studios has quite a few monster movies in the works, including Monster Mash and The Invisible Woman. The question is are they part of the “Dark Universe,” the revival of the Universal Monster franchise that we heard so much about a couple of years ago? Or are they stand-alone movies? The Dark Universe released what was meant to be its first film back in 2017, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, which was a bust (they should have brought back Brendan Fraser instead). But now that The Invisible Man is kicking major box office ass, hopefully, we’ll get more of the classic characters that made many fall in love with the genre.

If you’re interested, Universal released a box set of 30 films of the original franchise back in 2018. You can learn more about that here.

The Invisible Man is now playing in theaters.


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