New Screenwriters Hired for ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot | Film News
As Universal constantly pushes forward on their Marvel-inspired shared universe reboot of their Monsters franchise, a new development has been made on one of the projects. Screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer have just been hired to write a new script for the studio’s reboot of Van Helsing.
Spaihts is most well-known as one of the writers of Prometheus, and has other two major projects in the works: the Marvel Studios film Doctor Strange, and Chris Pratt–Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi vehicle Passengers. Spaihts is already a part of the burgeoning franchise, having scripted the upcoming remake of The Mummy. Heisserer, meanwhile, is no stranger to the horror genre having written Final Destination 5, The Thing prequel, and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The original Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman as the titular monster hunter made famous in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, was released in 2004. A reboot of the film was first announced in 2012 with Tom Cruise attached to the title role, but he has since left the project. There is no set release date for the new Helsing picture, but Universal does have an open date for a Monsters film on 30th March 2018. Should Van Helsing take that date, it will make it the second entry in the new franchise following the 2017 release of The Mummy (or third if Dracula Untold ends up being intergrated into the series as often rumoured).