Universal's Dark Universe has been dealt yet another blow with the news that writer Ed Solomon will no longer be working on The Invisible Man movie.
It was announced in 2016 that Solomon was attached to write a remake of Universal's classic movie monster, starring Johnny Depp. However, the writer recently told Digital Spy that he has left the project. "At the end of the day, I think Universal and I had a different idea of what the movie was gonna be," he said, admitting, "We began thinking that our notions would meld, and I should've listened more closely to what they really were wanting."
Despite high expectations, the Dark Universe has been plagued by production setbacks almost since its inception. 2017's The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, was neither the commercial or critical success Universal Studios was hoping for. Since then, the line's top producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have left the franchise, leaving its future in doubt.
Solomon's departing comments indicates that the studio is planning to completely revamp its slate of movies. "I think Universal has had to come to a kind of reckoning of, 'What are we doing with the Dark Universe?' and, 'What is our real intention with it?'" he said. "I think they're reconfiguring it now, which I think is probably good."
There's no sense of how exactly Universal's plans have changed, but remakes of Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman and The Creature from the Black Lagoon are still currently in production.