One of the cool things about genres is that you can mix and match ‘em like nobody’s business. There’s a reason why Marvel Studios has been able to do what they do for as long as they have. Rather than keep beating that same origin story drum and style as Iron Man and Spider-Man, they’ve mad pains to make each new movie its own subgenre. This approach has since been embraced by DC, who most recently released both a prestige Oscar-bait film, Joker, within a year of a goofy girl gang action flick, Birds of Prey.
This really goes to show that all these genre stories have a lot of flexibility. And then there are the Universal monsters. A few years back, they tried their darndest to create their own universe of films, only for it to crash and burn. Now, Blumhouse has taken the helm of The Invisible Man, which is a taut social thriller. Like DC, Universal seems to have learned that they need to take advantage of the characters’ strengths and what each one can offer.
But following The Invisible Man, what other films should they tackle? Our own James Burns asked that very question of Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played the Invisible Man himself in the new Blumhouse-produced film.
“I think they should make Jekyll and Hyde next,” Jackson-Cohen told us. “Because [The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell] has set the tone and I think he set the bar really, really high with what he’s achieved with this. I think that similarly to what they’ve done with Joker, you could really explore something quite fascinating with Jekyll and Hyde. If you based it and you ground it in reality, it can be really, really disturbing.
Of course, audiences got a taste of the character Jekyll and Hyde in the terrible Mummy film a few years back. This one, like The Invisible Man, would have to be utilized in a vacuum, and would need to capitalize on the darker, more sinister aspects. All in all, it’s a great approach, and if there was a character that could jump straight over genre into the world of prestige, this would be it.
Oscar people love that internally tormented s**t, and would love to see an actor take on two separate characters in the same movie. But what do you think? Do you share Jackson-Cohen’s comments? Do you think Jekyll and Hyde can do well with a Joker style? Let us know your thoughts down below!
The Invisible Man hits theaters this weekend!
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