Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Universal Stakes Out "Van Helsing"

Universal Pictures, home of the most 'Famous Monsters of Filmland" is developing a new feature based on author Bram Stoker's 'vampire hunter' "Dr. Van Helsing", to be produced by James Wan ("Aquaman") and directed by Julius Avery ("Overlord"), after the studio previously tried to reboot the character with Hugh Jackman in 2004:

"...'Professor Abraham Van Helsing', debuting in the 1897 gothic horror novel 'Dracula', is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, including being the archenemy of  'Count Dracula'. 

"As author Stoker, described him:  He is a seemingly arbitrary man, because he knows what he is talking about better than anyone else. He is a philosopher and a metaphysician, and one of the most advanced scientists of his day, and he has, I believe, an absolutely open mind. This, with an iron nerve, a temper of the ice-brook, and indomitable resolution, self-command, and toleration exalted from virtues to blessings, and the kindliest and truest heart that beats, these form his equipment for the noble work that he is doing for mankind, work both in theory and practice, for his views are as wide as his all-embracing sympathy..."

As Sean Connery was 'James Bond', Hammer Films' Peter Cushing was 'Van Helsing'.

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