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Universal’s ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot Hunts Down Its Writers

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Universal’s ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot Hunts Down Its Writers

The long-discussed “Van Helsing” reboot, part of Universal Pictures’ plans for a classic monsters film universe, has found its writers.

Variety reports that Jon Spaihts (“Doctor Strange,” the upcoming “Mummy” reboot) and Eric Heisserer (“The Thing” remake) will tackle the script. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are overseeing Universal’s new monsters universe, will produce.

Hugh Jackman starred in the 2004 original, about a vigilante monster hunter who not only encountered Dracula but also Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf and Dracula’s Brides. Although it was widely panned by critics, “Van Helsing” grossed more than $300 million worldwide.

Talk of a reboot has circulated since at least 2010, with Kurtzman and his longtime (now former) producing partner Roberto Orci boarding the project two years later. Before long, the planned “Van Helsing” and “Mummy” reboots became part of Universal’s intended revival of such classic movie monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Phantom of the Opera and the Invisible Man in an interconnected cinematic universe.

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