According to The Tracking Board, the studio is working with Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick, the producers of director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and the cinematic adaption of the teen-lit Divergent series starring Shailene Woodley. No writer has been selected yet for the project.
While the original novel charted the descent into madness of a scientist as the result of an invisibility serum he created, Tracking Board is reporting that Sony’s take “will make the Invisible Man the villain of the film, with the audience following the hero that is tasked to hunt him down.”
This makes the second film based on Wells’ novel to be put into development. Universal Studios is also working on an Invisible Man film, but theirs is drawing from the studio’s own classic horror franchise and will be part of their planned interconnected series of monster films. Universal’s series was launched by director James Whale in 1933 and ran for several installments before ending in the 1951 comedy Abbott And Costello Meet the Invisible Man.