Elizabeth Banks to Direct and Star in Universal’s The Invisible Woman

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Between Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man reboot and Paul Feig’s mysterious Dark Army movie, it is becoming clear that Universal’s new approach to updating their Universal Monsters franchise is basically anything goes. Last week it was reported that Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) were setting up a comedic spin-off called Renfield, focusing on Dracula’s loyal henchman. Now this week we have another surprising announcement as Elizabeth Banks is working on a new version of The Invisible Woman. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks will direct and star in The Invisible Woman for Universal. The movie is written by Erin Cressida Wilson, who also wrote Steven Shainberg’s films Secretary and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus but more recently penned The Girl on the Train and Marc Webb’s upcoming Snow White remake for Disney. Banks and Max Handelman will produce through their company Brownstone Productions.

What remains unclear is whether this movie is tied to Whannell’s The Invisible Man in any way or if it is even expected to be a horror movie. The original 1940 version of The Invisible Woman was more of a screwball comedy and starred Virginia Bruce and John Barrymore. Elizabeth Banks is definitely known more for comedy and her directorial output includes Pitch Perfect 2 and the Charlie’s Angels reboot. Are you looking forward to The Invisible Woman?

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  • 1138sw

    Gotta wonder what’s going on at Universal. After the Mummy debacle you’d think they take the time to rethink their strategy. But alas incompetents still rule.

    They have the perfect opportunity to create a horror franchise. Especially now that horror movies are so in vogue. But again incompetents.