David Goyer’s new film, The Unborn, may be a Platinum Dunes production, but it’s coming out through Universal. And if you’re interested in movie monsters, Universal is the studio to be in with. It turns out that David Goyer is interested in movie monsters – of the classic kind. Like The Invisible Man.
While talking to Goyer about his new film, he mentioned that he’s hoping to direct a new Invisible Man for the studio. And no, it’s not a sequel to his last film, The Invisible.
While holed up out of town writing The Unborn, Goyer ran out of reading material. Turning to the local library he ended up with the HG Wells classic, and he got an idea for a new take on the material, one that he described as a reinvention not unlike what Steven Sommers did with The Mummy.
“[The property] was laying fallow, so when I came to them with my crazy idea they were excited,” he said.
What’s that crazy idea? Goyer wouldn’t give it all away, but he did say that his script is a direct sequel to the original. “It actually begins in the last page of the book, where it’s said that
the Invisible Man wrote all of his secrets in these little notebooks,
and they’re still out there. Scotland Yard becomes aware that they’re
out there and they really want to get their hands on them.”
When you see The Unborn on January 9th you’ll notice a little nod to the film – Odette Yustman’s character is watching the Universal original while she babysits.
I have more news from David Goyer to report, but here’s a little bit he told me about working with the great Charles Band at Full Moon Entertainment. Goyer wrote Demonic Toys for the maestro; while he wouldn’t compare what it was like to work with Band to what it’s like working with Michael Bay at Platinum Dunes, he did tell me how Band works:
“Charles Band would come up with posters and have you write from that. I
went into his office and he had nine posters out on the floor. ‘Pick
one,’ he said. I chose the one that had demonic looking toys on it, and
I chose that. He said I had eight days to write it. I made Writer’s
Guild minimum for a low budget movie on that, and I was still the best
paid writer Charlie Band had ever worked with.”