There’s an entire generation of moviegoers who only know the character of Van Helsing from the abysmal 2004 movie starring Hugh Jackman, and that should be a recognized as one of our great international shames. Introduced in the pages of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is one of the horror genre’s greatest heroes, a character who has endured as long as the titular vampire himself. Before he was reimagined as a globetrotting 19th century James Bond, Van Helsing was a scientist and a scholar, a professor whose greatest weapon against the supernatural was his vast knowledge of science and the occult. Although his presence in the public domain has allowed any number of actors to play him (Casper Van Dien, anyone?), Van Helsing has been memorably portrayed by brilliant actors like Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence Olivier, and Peter Cushing, who built a cornerstone of his magnificent career around hurting Christopher Lee’s Dracula.
My fondness for this character made the Hugh Jackman movie hurt even more, but it also gives me hope that the new solo outing for the character being planned as part of Universal’s new cinematic monsters universe could be good. There have been incredible cinematic Van Helsings before and there is always room for more…and screenwriter Eric Heisserer is saying some very interesting things.
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As you know, Universal is hoping to copy the Marvel Studios formula by launching their own cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots. And now it looks like they might have landed a major star for The Mummy reboot: Tom Cruise. More details in the possible Tom Cruise Mummy reboot, after the jump.
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Van Helsing is a bad movie. It’s about as soulless as a popcorn movie gets. Director Stephen Sommers brought some fun to the original Mummy reboot, but he stripped Dracula, the Wolf Man, and Van Helsing of their appeal in his garish film. There’s been talk of a reboot for a few years now, and it was once speculated the film would be directed by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak) and star the picture’s producer, Tom Cruise. Universal is still developing the film, and they just brought aboard two screenwriters to co-write Van Helsing.
Learn more about the project after the jump.
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If you’ve got Chris Pratt lined up to star in a movie, the first thing you’d want to do after Pratt’s most recent film scored the biggest opening weekend in cinema history is greenlight that project to lock him in as the star. And if the other possible star is also among the small group of actors who are arguably movie stars in any old sense, all the better.
Therefore, Sony has just greenlit Passengers, the very-long-in-development sci-fi drama that lined up Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to star a few months ago. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
The title “The Forever War” might was well refer to the process of getting the movie made. An adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 sci-fi novel has been in the works for many years, but now it finally seems to be taking a big step forward.
A bidding war has broken out among major studios for the movie, which has Channing Tatum attached to star, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) on board to write, and Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) set to produce. Get the latest details on the Forever War movie after the jump.
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It’s been a turbulent week for Sony but the studio is moving forward full-speed ahead on the long-awaited realization of Jon Spaihts‘ sci-fi script Passengers. Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters) just came on to direct earlier this week, a couple months after Sony grabbed rights to the script following failed development efforts at other companies. And now Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to play one of the two lead roles, which instantly turns Passengers into a top-tier project — assuming her schedule allows her to sign on.
Update: Just after we published this, another report revealed Chris Pratt as being in early talks for the second lead role, opposite Lawrence.
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We’ve talked about the script Passengers for years. The Jon Spaihts-penned script landed on the Black List back in 2007, and has wound through a very long development process ever since. It revolves around a man who is accidentally awakened during a long voyage to colonize a new planet. Faced with the likely possibility of living and dying alone on the ship, he wakes another passenger for companionship.
In the past couple years Passengers had Keanu Reeves attached to star, at one point with Rachel McAdams in the other lead role. But things have continued to change. Now The Imitation Game and Headhunters director Morten Tyldum (above, right, on the set of The Imitation Game) is in talks to be the new Passengers director, and he’ll put together a new cast. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jon Spaihts‘ Passengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring.
But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum will be the next to take a crack at it. More on the Passengers Morten Tyldum project after the jump. Read More »
25 years ago, Tim Burton showed people how it was done. His Batman, unlike almost every superhero movie that’s been released since, started with the character already in action. It was not an origin story. Sure it briefly explained how Bruce Wayne became Batman, but he’s Batman the entire movie. That’s radically different from Batman Begins, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Man of Steel and even this month’s Guardians of the Galaxy. On almost every occasion, the first superhero movie of a series is an origin story to let the audience know how and why the characters are who they are.
That may be changing, however. According to one source, Marvel Studios doesn’t want to do origin stories anymore and Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, won’t be one. Read More »