‘Invisible Woman,’ ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboots in the Works

Hollywood is still mad for remakes and reboots, and they’ve set their eyes on some classics.

Universal has added another project to the Universal Monsters pipeline. Elizabeth Banks will direct and star in an Invisible Woman reboot. At the time of writing, it will not be connected to Universal’s upcoming Invisible Man reboot.

The tone of the film is being described as “Thelma and Louise meets American Psycho“, which is a departure from the1940 original. That film was “a comedy about a mad scientist who turns a model invisible so she can get revenge against the boss that fired her. Along the way, she gets mixed up with some gangsters who want to exploit this whole invisibility thing to their benefit.”

Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train, Secretary) penned the most recent script for the new Invisible Woman. Banks is great actress, but has yet to prove herself as a director. It’s nice that she’s being handed another high-profile film given the recent failure of Charlie’s Angels.

I’m interested to see how Universal makes its two invisible projects stand out from one another. Hopefully there won’t be any invisible fatigue hitting audiences.

Warner Bros. was tapped Albert Hughes (The Book of EliFrom Hell, Menace II Society) to direct a remake of The Fugitive.

If you’re suddenly being washed over with a case of Déjà vu don’t worry, you’re not rereading remake news of The Fugitive. You’re reading news of a second remake of The Fugitive for the first time. Technically, the 1993 film was a remake of the TV series, meaning that the Warner Bros. remake will be a remake of a remake that will compete with another remake of a remake. Did you get all of that?

The upcoming streaming service Quibi is working on a new TV series version of The Fugitive that will center on a subway bombing. That will star Kiefer Sutherland, and yes, it does sound like 24 got jammed into The Fugitive.

Deadline reports, “The studio intends on putting a new spin” to the material, because otherwise who would watch this?! The Harrison Ford/Tommy Lee Jones version is a great film. It does not need to be remade.

Finally, Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead remake) has two new horror projects lined-up, and one is a reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The other is described as “The Shining set in the White House.”

According to THR, Bad Hombre, the horror-centric banner run by Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues, just signed a first-look deal with Legendary Pictures, and the two projects mentioned above are the first in the pipeline.

Joe Epstein wrote the script for the haunted White House movie, which Alvarez intends to direct. The Texas Chainsaw reboot has a script by Chris Thomas Devlin. It’s unclear if Alvarez plans to direct that as well.

Shining in the White House sounds like an interesting idea, but I’m not sure about another reboot/remake of Texas Chainsaw. I haven’t seen any of those films, but I want to say the franchise’s most recent release (Leatherface) came and went without much fanfare. But Don’t Breathe is a great film, so I have faith Alvarez can create something spectacular.

Which reboot/remake are you hoping stays stuck in development hell? Are you interested in actually seeing any of these in theaters?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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