Universal’s New Van Helsing Will be a Monster Hunter for a Modern Era

Universal will kick off its classic monster movie universe reboot next year, when the The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise) hits theaters.  There are plenty more connected films in the works, and new details have emerged about the upcoming Van Helsing reboot.

Hugh Jackman in the 2004 adaptation

Hugh Jackman in the 2004 adaptation

In speaking to Collider, co-writer Jon Spaihts explained that the film will present a new take on the well known vampire hunter:

It’s a new creation, so it doesn’t owe much of a debt to prior films,” he said. “It is still a very romantic departure from the character as incepted in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. This is a monster hunter with encyclopaedic knowledge, but it’s set in the present day and it’s filled with good stuff I’m not allowed to talk about.

I’m very excited about this new incarnation of Van Helsing, and I hope that as the Universal monsters cinematic universe begins to take flight, we’ll see him cropping up in other stories as well.

Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing in 1931's Dracula

Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing in 1931’s Dracula

Spaihts is joined on the film by co-writer Eric Heisserer.  In July, Heisserer hinted that early inspiration for Van Helsing’s behavior and his mannerisms came from Mad Max.

The Mummy is the only film in the new run of Universal’s monster universe to have a confirmed released date, and is set to arrive on June 8, 2017.  It is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the first two Star Trek movies in the current reboot series.  Russell Crowe is set to make an appearance as Dr Jekyll, and is therefore expected to reprise the role in a future Jeykll and Hyde film.  Other report include those that state that Johnny Depp will star in The Invisible Man, and Dwayne Johnson is rumoured to be in consideration to play The Wolfman.  Universal has scheduled further films in the classic horror series for April 2018 and February 2019.