Van Helsing is another monster movie which is being rebooted by Universal. Whole Universal Monster cinematic universe will launch with Tom Cruise‘s The Mummy, and after that we’ll see films about The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and more. So stay tuned you be in for a treat.
During a recent interview with Collider, screenwriter Jon Spaihts talked about his vision of Van Helsing, explaining:
“It’s a new creation, so it doesn’t owe much of a debt to prior films, but it is still a very romantic departure from the character as incepted in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, where it was a Dutch doctor who figures out a very surprising answer to an odd medical question. This is a monster hunter with encyclopedic knowledge, but it’s set in the present day and it’s just filled with good stuff I’m not allowed to talk about. But 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.”
When previously talking about his plans for Ven Helsing, he said it was inspired by Mad Max and added:
“I can say that the decision that a lot of us made was to go and just write the best movie we could in our own corner and make sure it’s good on its own…and didn’t necessarily need to link arm-in arm-with anybody else. And to be tonally different from the other films. One may be a little bit more comedic, action-adventure-y, one can be very much a traditional horror piece. That kind of thing. And then we’ll see what happens as the projects evolve and we all get a chance to convene and talk, and make sure the movies feel like they’re all in the same world.”
He also talked about the series of monster films that they’re making, saying they will be “legit terrifying.”
“Yes, it’s not a campy series. Even to go back to the original Universal Monster movies with Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, they were not really terrifying even then. Maybe sensibilities were different and people were easier to scare at the time, but they’re slow and they’re parlor stories, for the most part. They’re not terrifying, in modern terms. We’ve gotten really good at scaring people in movies. So, the nice thing about this Mummy is that it has the swashbuckling action-adventure character of a modern epic action movie, but it’s legit terrifying. It will scare you.”
I am hoping these new generation movies will be a lot scarier then their previous predecessors. To be honest, I’m expecting more action and adventure than I am horror.
Just to update you The Invisible Man will star Johnny Depp, Frankenstein will star Javier Bardem, and The Wolf Man might star Dwayne Johnson.