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“Man of Steel” writer David Goyer to take on “The Invisible Man”


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Just yesterday I recommended a modern-day version of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man in my weekly “Adapt This” column, and now it looks like the suggestion was right in line with what Hollywood’s already been thinking.

The L.A. Times blog Hero Complex is reporting that Universal Pictures is considering a new feature film based on the bandage-wrapped mystery man first introduced in Wells’ 1897 masterpiece. According to the report, the film would offer an aesthetic more in line with Guy Ritchie’s recent reinvention of the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise and the modern, special-effects driven films based on “The Mummy.”

Man of Steel” writer David Goyer is apparently spearheading the project, and told the blog that the film is indeed “still alive” and working its way through the development channels. In fact, the studio has already seen some examples of how key visual effects would be achieved on the screen.

“We did some pre-vis tests and things like that that they were very happy with,” he said. “Now we’re going through the casting process. if they get the right lead, they’ll make it.”

While the modern reinvention of “The Mummy” was a success that spawned multiple sequels and a spin-off film (“The Scorpion King”), recent attempts at putting Universal’s library of classic monsters on the big screen haven’t all been homeruns.

The 2010 film based on “The Wolfman” was a frustrating flop at the box office, causing some to question whether the remaining characters in the studio’s vault are still commercially viable.

If “The Invisible Man” does find its way back to the bog screen, it will be the latest in a long line of films about Wells’ iconic scientist who goes mad after turning himself invisible. The character made his box-office debut in 1933 with actor Claude Rains in the title role and director James Whale behind the camera. More recently, Kevin Bacon played the role in “Hollow Man,” a fairly successful film released in 2000 that was directed by Paul Verhoeven.

While it’s clear that Goyer’s take on the tale doesn’t fall quite in line with my suggestions for how to adapt The Nobody,it’s nice to know that we’re on the same page as far as the appeal of the tragic, see-through scientist at the center of Wells’ wonderful story.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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