As The Mummy draws closer to its June release date, Universal has been slowly leaking details for the rest of its rebooted Monsterverse, which will see the likes of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein cross paths in modern day. One film that's seemed to be ramping up development is Van Helsing. It's yet to get a release date or even an official cast, but screenwriters Jon Spaihts (Passengers, Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival) have been vocal about their direction in the press.
It has already been confirmed the revamped movie will be set in the present and that it takes inspiration from Mad Max: Fury Road. Other details have revealed that despite the presence of supernatural characters, Van Helsing won't follow suit with the superhero movies ruling the screen as of late. Instead, they're aiming to opt for a freshly terrifying approach.
That may be null now that The Tracking Board has confirmed Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau has boarded the project, but according to them, he's been involved since as far back as September — his attachment just hadn't yet been reported.
The news doesn't make clear whether Mazeau has taken over the project or has simply joined the writer's room, but Heisserer gave an interview to Collider as recently as early February, so it seems safe to say he's still on board unless there's been a major behind-scenes shift. Plus, it would be pretty odd to cut Spaihts and Heisserer's names from the project. Spaihts co-wrote the script for the impending Mummy, and despite the low critical reception for Passengers, Doctor Strange was largely well-received. Heisserer, for his part, is fresh off an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Arrival.
So if anything, Mazeau is the wild card. His only claim to fame thus far is Wrath of the Titans, though he's certainly proved capable of crafting the sort of fantasy-meets-action-adventure mash-up in line with Van Helsing. His career also seems to be taking off, as noted by reported attachments to such titles as the Tom Cruise-fronted Luna Park and Yukikaze. The latter film is a high concept sci-fi action-adventure film adapted from the novel of the same name. It will also likely further demonstrate Mazeau's genre leanings and potentially set him up to make an even bigger splash in films beyond Universal's planned shared universe. Until then, hopefully, he, Heisserer, and Spaihts will be the dream team necessary to make Van Helsing a modern hit.
Source: The Tracking Board
- The Mummy (2017) release date: Jun 09, 2017