David Goyer is a busy man these days. Making the most popular film of the year, and one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, will do that to a guy.
Now, the "Dark Knight" screenwriter is hoping to capitalize on his success with such recent superhero scripts as "The Flash" and "X-Men Origins: Magneto," which he'll also direct.
"That may be next," he told us recently. But first, Goyer revealed, he hopes to vanish for awhile.
"I'm writing a new version of 'The Invisible Man' for Universal," said the red-hot writer/director, who was at Comic-Con recently to promote "The Unborn," a horror flick due in theaters next year. "I'm in the process of doing ['Invisible Man'] right now, and I'm working with some conceptual artists in tandem with writing the script. I'm actually working with one of the artists from 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight.' So it could be 'Magneto,' or it could be 'The Invisible Man' next."
Old–school horror fans will undoubtedly be rooting for the latter. And it should make them giddy to know that Goyer has been tracing the non-material man all the way back to his roots, in order to yank him into the modern age.
"Well, 'The Invisible Man,' the Universal film, is a great movie, a Claude Rains film," Goyer said with admiration. "My take is kind of an extrapolation. It actually deals with a nephew of the first character. It's got some of the characters from the H.G. Wells book, but it's kind of a continuation."
Goyer said that if you've seen the Rains film, you might actually get more out of the new version; but at the same time, there’ll be no prior knowledge required.
"It involves Scotland Yard getting their hands on the current Invisible Man and basically saying, 'Wow, you'd be a really good secret agent to send into Imperial Russia right now,'" an enthusiastic Goyer said of the plot. "It starts off from there."
As for the intended look of the film he'll direct as well as write, Goyer made reference to a popular style of fantasy that has emerged over the last few decades: "It kind of crosses a lot of genres. It's very steam punk."
And if you’re thinking that the nephew of Jack Griffin will similarly be rendered as a floating hat and scarf in our age of CGI, think again.
"I don't want to give too much away, but I took what being invisible could mean to the next logical extreme," he explained. "We do a lot of crazy things in it that are sort of far beyond what anyone's done with it yet."
Are you excited for another "Invisible Man" movie? Or do you think Chevy Chase, Kevin Bacon and the other invisible men of the last few decades have shown that the concept has been hollowed out?