"Star Trek" and "Transformers" scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been linked to the reboots of both "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing" over at Universal Pictures.
Now, in a recent interview with IGN, Orci suggests that the two films are part of a potential larger plan which would see the various Universal monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, etc.) share the same on-screen universe (ala Marvel's "The Avengers"):
"There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them.
We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was.
We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake."
It's an interesting idea, one that immediately turns reboots that many didn't see the point of into films that could be just the gateway movies to something much grander and more exciting.