Universal’s Dark Universe project continues to shrink as screenwriter Ed Solomon (Men in Black) has revealed that he has left The Invisible Man, the planned 2020 release starring Johnny Depp.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Solomon acknowledged that he was no longer involved with scripting the film: “I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was going to be. We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should’ve listened more closely to what they really were wanting.”
He added, “I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of ‘What are we doing with the Dark Universe?’ and ‘What is our real intention with it?’ and I think they’re reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good.”
The Dark Universe was announced with a lot of fanfare a couple of years ago as a shared cinematic universe revolving around action-film versions of the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man and other horror icons from the Universal library. Along with Depp, Tom Cruise was signed to star in The Mummy, Javier Bardem recruited to play Frankenstein’s creation, Russell Crowe tapped to appear as Dr. Jekyll and Angelina Jolie reportedly courted to play the Bride of Frankenstein.
But The Mummy was one of last year’s biggest flops with critics and audiences alike, leading to the entire Dark Universe slate being taken out of active development while creative overseers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan both exited. And now The Invisible Man has just faded a little further from view as well.