Screenwriter Jon Spaihts is one of the various talents working on Universal Pictures’ proposed cinematic universe based on its classic monsters franchises. This week Spaihts spoke with Collider about his contribution to the multi-film saga which will be script work the reboot of “Van Helsing”.
Having already begun work on it with co-scribe Eric Heisserer, Spaihts says this will be a modern day interpretation and very different to either Peter Cushing’s iconic turn as the character in multiple movies, or the 2004 action film starring Hugh Jackman:
“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.”
Spaihts also wrote the film which kicks off this whole thing, next Summer’s “The Mummy” which has already been shot and which he promises will be a legit terrifying…swashbuckling action-adventure character of a modern epic action movie”.
“Van Helsing” doesn’t have a release date yet, while “The Mummy” hits cinemas on June 9th.