Universal’s ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot Enlists Scribes Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer (EXCLUSIVE)

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Scribes Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer have signed on to co-write Universal’s “Van Helsing” reboot as the studio continues to develop its classic monsters universe.

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will produce the film.

Universal’s new production endeavor will expand and unify a network of classic monsters; it is led by narrative architects Kurtzman and Morgan. The interconnected slate of monster films will begin with a reboot of “The Mummy” and how Van Helsing would work into the rest of the universe is still being mapped out.

Plot details are unknown at this time. The studio has already said its first film in the monster universe, “The Mummy,” with be set in present day, but there’s no word yet on when “Van Helsing” will take place. The character first appeared in Bram Stroker’s “Dracula” and dedicated his life to killing the monster. In 2004, Hugh Jackman starred in a film adaptation in which Van Helsing was made out to be a monster hunter, not only hunting Dracula but having run-ins with Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.

Similar to the Marvel and “Transformers” universes, Spaihts and Heisserer were among a handful of writers Uni assembled for its monster universe writers room, with Spaihts also penning “The Mummy.” Spaihts’ recent credits include “Doctor Strange” for Marvel and the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi drama “Passengers,” while Heisserer most recently penned Denis Villeneuve’s “Story of Your Life” and had previously penned the “The Thing” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboots.

Spaihts is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion. Heisserer is repped by WME, Art/Work Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

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  1. Lisa Alekna says:

    The 2004 Van Helsing movie was in the same vein as the 2003 League of Extraordinary Gentleman, taking a host of 19th Century stories and moshing them together in a fun Steampunk kind of way. If they keep to the formula, and do the same thing, this could be kind of cool – recruit some other heroes of classic literature, throw in some archaic references and lots of beautiful costumes and artwork – it could work, as long as they keep it internally consistent, fun, and It would be lovely to find out more about Gabriel’s back story!

  2. M. says:

    the guy who wrote the original 47 Ronin script, and the guy who wrote Passengers (and the original Prometheus script). This could go well. Or Universal could throw it under the bus, just like it did with 47 Ronin….
    Time will tell.

  3. Theedan says:

    Prof. Abraham Van Helsing first appeared in Bram Stoker’s story. The film was about Gabriel Van Helsing which had almost nothing to do with Stoker’s novel with the exception what ever it borrowed heavily from it.

    I wish they would leave the Van Helsing Franchise dead and just focus on the classic monsters.

  4. ollischaefer says:

    Yeah, and because the Heisserer-scripted reboots of The Thing and A nightmare on Elm street were so fantastically great, that of course he is a sure candidate to ruin the next reboot.
    Maybe his scripts were good and only the execution sucked, but his name is not the most promising, aside from the fact that at least for me, none of the classic Universal Monster movies needs a reboot. Tell something new.

  5. Occultology says:

    Would rather see filmic treatments of the Forrest J Ackerman story, as well as a Boris Karloff biopic (his Frankenstein’s Monster impact has never since been equaled).

  6. Lucy says:

    What a wretched waste of writing talent.

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