Of course, The Mummy and Van Helsing (who originates from the story of Dracula) are only two potential movies that could come out of Universal's library of monsters. The studio's other classics include Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Wolf Man.
Rupert Sanders may not have gotten the critical praise he was looking for with Snow White and the Huntsman this past summer, but he certainly did bring in some big, big money at the box office - and studios just love a young director who can do just that. So it would make a ton of sense that Universal Pictures would reward Sanders' success by giving him another big tentpole picture to helm.
Van Helsing, the 2004 action film starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, is a truly terrible movie. In addition to being remarkably stupid, the performances in the movie are terrible and the effects were godawful. It was clear that the studio wanted to make a franchise out of the monster-killing hero, but obviously that never took off. Now they're hoping to have better luck with a brand new star and a pair of hot producers.
What’s going on with Guillermo del Toro? What’s he doing, what’s he not doing and, most importantly, what’s he doing next? Guess what? We’re actually going to find out, but we’ll have to wait until Comic Con.
They're hearing that there's another Van Helsing movie in development at Universal, one that will have nothing at all to do with the 2004 Stephen Sommers bomb but will go back to the original story of the vampire hunter