Not many of us care to remember the attempt at a Van Helsing movie, but it did star Hugh Jackman and the always sight for sore eyes Kate Beckinsale. The film was a flaming hot pile of dog shit that none of us could have saved, but we may have the hero we deserve penning a possible script for a modern day version of the iconic vampire hunter.
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts is what appears to be the go to screenwriter for a few films this year alone and good films at that. Spaihts has taken on the upcoming films Doctor Strange, Arrival, and Passengers. Not only does this guy like writing weird stuff, but from what I’ve heard about these films so far, he’s not really missing.
His film will be a part of the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe (rolls eyes) which already stars tagged for The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jackel and Mr. Hyde, and more which has actually come across as a really promising set of films in the future, but that’s to be determined. He had these comments to make on the story:
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.
With these comments, it begs the question on whether or not Helsing will be the Blade of this universe where he gets to track down all the scary beasties out there in this world. Van Helsing is a known character, but he doesn’t have a version that people immediately think of beyond an attempt from Hugh Jackman.
Questions were then answered on the tone of the film thanks to people from Collider;
When I spoke with Russell Crowe for The Nice Guys, he talked about The Mummy a bit and how the movie will seriously scare the shit out of people. Is that a fair assessment?
SPAIHTS: 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 swash-buckling action-adventure character of a modern epic action movie, but it’s legit terrifying. It will scare you.
With these comments, I can’t help but get on board with what Spaihts is selling me. He seems to really want to bring a frightening element to these monster movies and take them seriously, which is exactly what they should be doing. Monster movies are classic and iconic and there’s no point in making spoofs of them yet again, intentionally or unintentionally.
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