‘The Invisible Man’ Director To Helm New Blumhouse Thriller

Fresh off the box-office success of The Invisible Man, director Leigh Whannell is set to tackle another “thrilling” project, this one for Blumhouse and UCP.

This effort will be a small screen continuation of his 2018 S/F thriller Upgrade, with Whannell also acting as executive producer with showrunner Tim Walsh, according to a press release from the studios.

Blumhouse and UCP–a division of NBC Universal Content Studios–previously worked together on USA Network’s The Purge series, as well as on the upcoming The Wilderness Of Error for FX.

The Upgrade film–written and directed by Whannell and starring Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson–followed the travails of Grey Trace, whose wife was killed during a mugging, a horrific attack that also left him paralyzed.

Trace then was approached by an inventor who claimed to have a cure for him: a computer chip implant called STEM. This experimental implant imparted heightened physical abilities to its host, giving Trace the means for revenge against his wife’s murderers.

The TV series reportedly will start several yards after the events in the film and “broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host, imaging a world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity.”

The studios said a writers’ room has been set up to work on the show’s premiere season. Krystal Ziv Houghton and James Roland–who worked on the second season of The Purge–will collaborate with Whannell and Walsh.

Whannell’s work on the Blumhouse and Universal production of The Invisible Man–starring Elisabeth Moss–netted more than $122 million worldwide at the box office. His horror resume also includes writing 2010’s Insidious and penning the first three Saw movies.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the Upgrade TV series.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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