Back in 2004, an attempt to bring the famed vampire hunter to life on the big screen, turned out to be less than successful for Universal pictures. And while Stephen Sommers failed to unleash the magic from his work on The Mummy into that project, it seems that the hater of Nosferatu is as hard to kill as his hated enemies.
A completely new project is now in the works, with Tom Cruise being offered the lead role, and this time, it’s going to be less fantasy, more reality.
Speaking to CraveOnline, producer Alex Kurtzman detailed how the upcoming new take on the character would be filled with all kinds of grit;
Well, I don’t want to give away too much, because we are actually at the very beginning of talking about what to do with it. But I do feel like the Van Helsing that Anthony Hopkins plays in [Bram Stoker’s] Dracula is sort of the parody version of it, and the Van Helsing that Hugh Jackman played was obviously in a different place as well.
I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then. You know, The Dark Knight was a major, major corner-turning moment in the way that genre and superhero stories could be told. Really grounded in reality.
Really grounded in really cool things. That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it “real.” That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing.
The man has a point. The previous Van Helsing film was high on style, low on substance, and maybe bringing the monsters that lurk in the shadows back down to the streets could work wonders for the project.
And seeing as how Universal Studios is so determined to get this project rolling, it could give it the necessary edge that it needs. Although in my opinion, the definitive Van Helsing actor will always be the one portrayed by Mel Brooks, in Dracula: Dead and loving it.
Last Updated: June 28, 2012