According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures is currently “polishing” a script for a Van Helsing reboot, and looking to court Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) for the title role.
The Van Helsing film would reportedly be a part of Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” that began with the Tom Cruise-led The Mummy. Though The Mummy was a critical and financial upset, the involvement of Tom Cruise (in the eyes of the studio) reportedly prevented the film from being a total disaster — thus, encouraging Universal to cast big names for its “Dark Universe” headliners.
Tied together by Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the “Dark Universe” will include such films as The Bride of Frankenstein, for which Universal is eying Angelina Jolie to play the titular monster, and is looking at nabbing Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon as director, in addition to The Invisible Man, starring Johnny Depp, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, which has yet to begin casting, but will be written by Aquaman scribe Will Beall.
The next “Dark Universe” film, The Bride of Frankenstein, is slated for a February 14, 2019 release.
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