I've just moved this thread out of "Coming Soon" to this area because, as has been reported in several media reports today, and announced by various Depp boards and twitter feeds, Johnny is no longer attached to The Invisible Man . I first read one of the other reports, but I believe Variety was the one to break the stoyr:
"Johnny Depp was previously attached to “The Invisible Man,” but sources say he will not appear in this film. He may be featured in another one of the monster movie projects in development, sources say."
The second sentence is rather curious, to me. It's almost as if the "sources" are making it clear that Johnny wasn't "fired" because of all the she-devil/lawsuits turmoil and that in a way they'd still welcome him to be a part of the franchise. I doubt it'd really happen at this point, but ya never know, and at least it's a nice gesture, imho.
I'll go back and read this thread to see if I ever mentioned that I read this book somewhat recently after finding out Johnny was involved, and I was rather disappointed. And not because I don't absolutely love the horror genre. But the character is just soooo unlikeable, but not even in an interesting way- he's just a total selfish jerkface who doesn't care who he hurts. In a way I'm kind of relieved he won't be in this after all. (ETA, I don't see myself mentioning in this thread that I read the book, but I might've posted about it in what are you reading? Either way, not the best horror story I've ever read. Of course I'd have totally supported him in this if he ended up being in it )
I read more about this change over at the Zone. It seems the new directors are planning to take the movie in a new direction, one that is far more bloody. The original was such a pure old fashioned horror movie, black and white, just real old school. I can see Johnny doing that, but not the direction the new team is now headed. I think the group of movies planned was/is called Dark Universe(?). An attempt to update but not seriously change the spirit of those original movies. I saw The Mummy in 2017 and I loved it, but it was badly panned. If you don't get old school horror, the kitch of it, you definitely wouldn't enjoy an updated version. It was another time. And lately, it is difficult to get people to look outside the box and take in something that doesn't fit their version of what a film should be. That's unfortunate. I hope those old movies are saved because they are treasures.
The original "Invisible Man" was based on a story by H.G. Wells and produced in 1933 staring Claude Rains. The Invisible Man is seen only wrapped in gauze. Here is a little clip.
If Johnny doesn't wish to continue, or if the plan has other actors in mind, both possibilities are fine with me. I think he was drawn to being part of a re-examination of the old school. Perhaps the directors are more interested in making beaucoup money. All good. We are all on different pages.