Will ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Van Helsing’ Reboots Be Part of a New Cinematic Universe?

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Marvel Studios has recognized that people enjoy getting to play in the same (figurative) sandbox all year round, which is why the comic book organization has begun to expand its Cinematic Universe across the realm of television (beginning with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., now airing on ABC). The logic is that by allowing fans to visit the Avengers-verse throughout the year – rather than just on the 1-2 occasions when a Marvel film is released in theaters (annually) – you not only prevent their interest from waning, but also generate more room for diversity of characters and worlds that are realized on either the big and/or small screen.

We’ve already seen the domino effect that Marvel’s success is having on its fellow studios, be it Lucasfilm’s plans to usher in a new era of Star Wars entertainment – with spinoff films releasing in between the Episode installments every 2 or so years (while shows like Star Wars Rebels air on a yearly basis) – or Sony mapping out the future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise to potentially include installments centered around characters like Venom and the Spidey villain rat pack known as the Sinister Six. Interestingly, the prolific writer/producer duo that is working on the Amazing Spider-Man series, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci might be planning a similar cinematic universe with Universal’s catalog of classic horror genre creatures.

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Orci, during an interview alongside Gavin Hood with IGN for the upcoming Ender’s Game (which Hood wrote/directed, while Orci co-produced), was asked about the Mummy and Van Helsing movie reboots that he and Kurtzman are producing (but not writing… yet, anyway). Although Orci didn’t formally announce that a cinematic universe featuring Universal’s monsters is the final goal, he seemed to indicate as much is the plan, through his response.

Read what he had to say and see if you agree:

“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 [with] 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.”

Filmmaker Stephen Sommers was successful with his re-invention of The Mummy franchise in 1999 (ultimately culminating in a new film trilogy), but his attempt to do likewise with Van Helsing (starring Hugh Jackman) five years later didn’t work out so well, either critically or financially. Similarly, Joe Johnston remade The Wolfman in 2008 but, even though the film earned praise in certain quarters for being an entertaining throwback to 20th-century Universal horror cinema, the overall response was more lukewarm and left the film hanging as a one-shot.

Point being, Universal has attempted to re-imagine its horror monster gallery for the 21st century, with mixed success to date. As such, the studio has good reason to try and emulate Marvel’s cinematic universe model, which started with the hiring of Kurtzman and Orci – who are riding high thanks to the popularity of their Sleepy Hollow television series – to do what Kevin Feige does for Marvel: seek out promising writing and directing talent, in order to put a fresh spin on the monster stories that’ve been told and re-told many times in movie/TV show form over the last century.

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Next year, Universal will start its parade of rebooted monster properties with Dracula Untold, an origin story for the eponymous vampire that is being headlined by Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6); though, as far as we know, Kurtzman and Orci aren’t involved in producing that feature. Then again, the pair didn’t become involved with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise until after the first movie released in theaters, so that doesn’t rule out the possibility of Dracula Untold being a part of the larger plans for a shared universe shepherded by the dynamic Star Trek writer/producer duo.

Meanwhile, Fox is putting together a new Frankenstein movie – starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, with a script written by Max Landis (Chronicle) – for release in early 2015. However, Orci also specifically mentioned that he is looking forward to a new Universal-backed take on Mary Shelley’s novel.

To quote Orci directly:

“I love Frankenstein just cause it’s such a twisted, complicated monster. A monster that’s not really a monster.”

Does a cinematic universe for Universal Monsters – laying the foundation for potential cross-overs and/or team-ups in the future – sound like a good idea to you?

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Source: IGN

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  1. I loved van helsing. I don’t know why maybe the music… Maybe the awesome werewolves… Idk but I loved it

    • I personally enjoyed the heck out of that movie. It’s entertaining.

      • I am with You !!

    • me too loved van helsing still enjoy seeing it again on every few years or so. No idea why they are remaking it just seems like a waste

    • Same here ! Really awesome movie and a amazing score !
      Just sad it was a box office failure,would have loved the planed sequel and the TV show they wanted to make !

      Said sad sad !

    • I’m with you too!! The music was really enjoyable! And so were the werewolves!! Overall the movie was quite fun

  2. I kissed my first girl in the cinema seeing van helping

    • sighh helsing* though you could say he van helped me score . . .

      • HEY-O!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Since you were watching essentially a vampire flick, did you take the girl out for a “stake”?

  3. I saw Van Helsing at the cinema too and enjoyed it immensely.

    This could be good. I like the idea that they’re all in the same world.

  4. Sounds interesting, though I’m hoping they don’t focus too much on connecting them. Just do whatever necessary to truly bring out the best in these films, then connect them. With Godzilla coming out soon and these films, are we looking at a new era monster movies? I mean The Mummy and Godzilla look like they’re in good hands so I’m expecting moderate success for them and Frankenstein may end up doing well since Max Landis is writing the script (He did very well with Chronicle I find).

  5. I would love to see movies with Frankenstien, Werewolves, The mummy and vampires are connected and hopefully fight. An all out monster war. With today’s tech it could be epic. I liked Van Helsing also.

  6. I approve.

  7. Especially of an all universal monster avengers like team

    • Yes please.

  8. Maybe I watched a different movie The Jackman “Van Helsing” movie was TERRIBLE!!!!!!! Why not a movie like Monster Squad? That would be much more interesting.

    • +1000
      “Ven Helsing” was the movie where I noticed the industry falling apart, I never understood the draw.
      It went from “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” in 2003 which was exceptionally well made to “Van Helsing” in 2004 which was absolutely wretched, it lacked heart, inspiration and direction. Somehow it became the standard “Cliche” movie for me, it’s the movie I compare all crap movies to. For example: “Did you notice the horrible “Van Helsing CGI” in that flick?”

      -”Underworld” had “VH-CGI” all over it.

  9. With these sorts of properties, in my personal opinion the idea of linking them seems like it would undermine what makes them the best individually.

  10. Seems like it could be pretty cool….as long as they don’t force it.

  11. This may me good.
    I also enjoyed Van Helsing like a kid.

  12. It sounds more like; ‘We need money but we don’t want to invest on new stories. what do we do?’

    As long as they keep the stories grounded, there’s the chance they will succeed. The Mummy was a good film until the moment John Hannah pretended to be one of Imhotep’s minions. That scene killed the entire movie for me. Van Helsing was great and the monsters were good. We don’t want the movies to be Twilight style.

  13. I think they could pull off reinvigorating these characters as long as they stay true to the roots of the origin of the characters and don’t take the twilight (or underworld) route. Although the underworld movies weren’t all absolutely terrible, not really scary/horror movies, more just superhero-action movies pitting vampires against werewolves. Much like any other previously done story/character, as long as you don’t take too many liberties with it, you’ll pull a minimum amount of butts in seats to watch it.

  14. The shared universe thing would work if they based it of the DOC FRANKINSTIEN comics , now that would be cool and make for a good movie series !

  15. Ah good old Van Helsing. One of my favorite guilty pleasure films.

  16. A monster shared universe? Yes, please, and then an awesome conclusion with Monster Squad.

  17. If Christopher Lee isn’t in it, I’m not watching it.

  18. I am truly happy that van healsing reboot,the mummy reboot is coming to theather for future universal monster movies and also that universal monster will get start it on universal monster cinematic universe in the future monster movies.

  19. if they include i am frankinstien

  20. This movie “universe” fad is really just a nice way to say a mass of sequels and prequels we can make to try and draw in ticket buyers.

    • This is nothing new, Universal did a number of monster crossovers in the 1940′s including Frankenstien Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstien, House of Dracula, and of course Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstien.

      • Universal’s run with those films is well documented and was also known to be the death of monster movies until Hammer picked the mantle up again.

        This new deluge of interconnected films of various genres just seems like a way to stretch out movie franchises.

  21. Now if only they did a reboot with all of the Universal-style monsters, but made it in the “spirit” of the old classic horror moves, as a period piece…! Actually, they sort of did, with flicks like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, House of Dracula and House of Frankenstein…..!

  22. Maybe we need a new Abbott&Costello ;-)

    Whatever happen to ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’ remake?

  23. I want the Mummy to team up in the Van Helsing reboot movie and I want Dracula to team up in the Frankenstein reboot movie and action figure toys for all of the monsters.

  24. IT IS IN MY TOP 10 MOVIE OF ALL TIME, I WAS SOCKED WHEN HEARD ITS A BOX OFFICE FALIOUR

  25. I WANT FRANKENSTEIN TV SERIES.

  26. Dracula Untold
    Victor Frankenstein
    Werewolf
    The Mummy
    Dracula 2
    Van Helsing

    It could work

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