Universal Pictures is developing a new film based on the central character of VAN HELSING, the monster hunter. James Wan will be producing through his Atomic Monster shingle. Universal and Wan have tapped Overlord director Julius Avery to direct the film.
Universal has been ramping up production again of their monster legacy films since the success of their recent The Invisible Man film from Blumhouse and Leigh Whannell. And since that film was a huge success and an “R” rated film, Universal is not afraid to hire filmmakers that can bring in a film with that rating.
Wan will produce with Michael Clear, and the company’s Judson Scott will serve as executive producer.
Plot details on the film are being kept under wraps for now. Universal last used the Van Helsing character in their 2004 film of the same name with Hugh Jackman in the starring role. The film was a disappointment for the studio and didn’t warrant any further films with that character.
Julius Avery is helping with the script with Eric Pearson writing the original script.
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