Word going around is that James Wan will be working on a movie featuring one of the classic Universal Monsters. Which one? Read the unofficial synopsis: “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 tale will focus on a group of teens who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement. Spoiler: The monster gets loose.” Hmmm. Now what could that possibly be?
More word going around says that Tom Hardy will be appearing in a FRANKENSTEIN movie. Is this the same project that Wan will be overseeing? Surely it must be. Otherwise Universal is working on creating two Frankenstein movies at once. Doubtful.
James Wan is not part of Blumhouse, which did THE INVISIBLE MAN and opened the floodgates for all these Universal Monsters reboots. But he does have close connections to the company. He and Leigh Whannell, who directed THE INVISIBLE MAN, created the SAW franchise together. Wan also directed INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 under the Blumhouse banner.
With the other Universal Monsters projects currently in the works, we are left to wonder if this film, or the aforementioned THE INVISIBLE MAN, will be in any way connected. I hope so, eventually, but I’m glad they’re taking it slow this time. Trying to rush a Marvel-esque Dark Universe is what got Universal into trouble, just like it got Warner Brothers into trouble with their DC Comics properties. Such things take time and care. You can’t make a shared cinematic universe ready-whip style.