Back in 2012, Universal Pictures announced that a Van Helsing movie reboot was in development. Tom Cruise was set to star, while Rupert Sanders was said to be directing. However, it looks like neither of them are attached anymore. Now, with the vampire/monster hunter set to join the studio’s growing Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, a pair of screenwriters have been hired.
According to Variety, Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm Street 2010) will co-write the new Van Helsing film. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading the creation of this movie universe, are producing. The studio put together a writers room for this potential mega-franchise, and both Spaihts and Heisserer were members.
The universe will formally begin with 2017’s The Mummy reboot, even though Dracula Untold was intended to be the first movie. As for where Van Helsing will fit in, that is still being worked out. The Mummy, which also has a draft written by Spaihts, will be set in the present day. Will Van Helsing take place in the present day too, or will it be set in the past? Additional monsters expected to join this franchise include Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Invisible Man, among others.
Stay tuned for more news to come soon.