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I’ve become something of a broken record when it comes to Universal’s upcoming “shared monsters universe,” where the likes of Frankenstein and Dracula and the Wolf Man will brush shoulders across a series of movies. I love the original Universal monster movies too much to not spend at least 30 seconds of every day worrying […]
- Jacob Hall
Joseph Baxter Feb 23, 2017
Universal Studios’ ambitious shared-universe films featuring classic movie monsters manifests this summer with another reboot of The Mummy. That's set to star Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. Now, though, we learn of the planned remake of Van Helsing, that has landed a new writer.
According to The Tracking Board, the script for Universal Monsters entry Van Helsing is now in the hands of writer Dan Mazeau. Mazeau, whose only major credited screenplay was the 2012 Greek myth series sequel Wrath Of The Titans, is in the process of rewriting the Van Helsing script after it was originally drafted by The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival).
Mazeau reportedly took on the Van Helsing script duty somewhere around last September after being part of the Universal writer’s room, »
Universal Pictures has brought on Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) to rewrite the script for the studio's Van Helsing reboot. It is part of Universal Studios' monster universe, which will feature a bunch of classic creatures in modern day. While his involvement hasn't been reported until now, Dan Mazeau has been with this project since September. He was also part of the original writers room that came together to flesh out this universe, which included Noah Hawley (Legion), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black).
The Tracking Board broke the news of this writer coming aboard, with Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Passengers) previously working on this project together through the writers room. Just yesterday, Eric Heisserer revealed that he tried to make the movie as scary as possible, although he qualified that by stating, "I don't know what it's going to look »
First reported by The Tracking Board, Mazeau is now expected to pump fresh blood into the fantastical reboot under the watchful eye of producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Together, they’re widely considered to be the creative focal point of the studio’s shared universe, which will introduce moviegoers to a terrifying realm of gods and monsters when The Mummy looms into theaters this summer. Kurtzman is behind the lens for that one.
Van Helsing, meanwhile, has been gestating in the early stages of pre-production for months, and Ttb notes that Dan Mazeau was first linked with the action-horror property back in September. Since then, Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) have each had a crack at the script, »
- Michael Briers
While it's arguably insensitive to release a movie about a big wall given the current news cycle, this hasn't deterred Universal. The Great Wall, whose title and very being invites accusations of hubris, is as big, daft, paper-thin and transparently China-chasing as you expected it to be, but on the plus side it might make you feel like 3D’s finally had its day.
It takes a certain type of Western arrogance to make a play for the Chinese market through a fantasy reimagining of its greatest landmark’s history, but hey, this is Hollywood, baby. Consider the implications of a Chinese blockbuster pitched aggressively at American theatres, telling how Mount Rushmore was attacked by aliens but only survived because Michelle Yeoh defended it. But then: this is a Us-Chinese co-production, »
5 items from 2017
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