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"The Invisible Man" reboot is getting a lot more visible, now that Universal is partnering with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions and has hired "Saw" co-creator Leigh Whannell to direct.

The studio is starting fresh after previously planning a shared universe based off of its classic monster characters. But those plans were put on hold after the underwhelming response to Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" in 2017.

Now, Universal is open to developing reboots of its monster movies without being part of a shared universe and taking a more individualized approach for each property.

Whannell first popped onto the scene as the writer and star of 2004's "Saw" (directed by James Wan). He and Wan then created the "Insidious" franchise, and Whannell made his directorial debut with 2015's "Insidious: Chapter 3." And last year, he teamed up with Blumhouse to direct the technological horror flick "Upgrade."

H.G. Wells' classic novel has inspired numerous film and television adaptations, including the 1933 black-and-white movie starring Claude Rains.