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Elizabeth Banks To Direct, Star In 'Invisible Woman'

Universal is building out films based on their classic properties, tipping Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in a reboot of 'The Invisible Woman'.

Banks will produce the picture alongside her husband, Max Handelman, through their production company Brownstone Productions. The script has also been worked on by Erin Cressida Wilson, who adapted 'The Girl on the Train' for the screen.

The film was originally made in 1940, following 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Invisible Man Returns' but took a more comedic approach to the story of Kitty Carroll (Virginia Bruce), a department store model who finds herself the test subject for an old inventor's invisibility machine.

Shenanigans obviously ensue when Kitty realises that her powers of invisibility kick-in when she comes into contact with alcohol.

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The news of Banks' project follows in the footsteps of the upcoming 'Invisible Man' film set to hit cinemas in 2020. Directed by Leigh Whannell, 'The Invisible Man' is a dark psychological thriller starring Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Harriet Dyer.

While details of Bank's film are still under wraps, sources have said the story is 'Thelma & Louise' meets 'American Psycho', and is very different to Whannell's. At this stage, there's no crossover for the two films.

Banks' feature follows on from the new direction for Universal's reboot of their classic monster titles after they abandoned the highly mocked 'Dark Universe' following the release of the Tom Cruise monster flop 'The Mummy'.

Rather than releasing a series of interconnected monster films similar to Marvel's extended cinematic universe, Universal saw 'The Mummy' and 'Dracula Untold' failed to ignite at the box office, and pivoted to standalone features led by filmmakers.

'Invisible Man' will be the first of the new approach, with 'Rocketman's Dexter Fletcher also working on 'Renfield', centred around Dracula's henchman.

Banks most recently directed and starred in the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot now in cinemas.

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