Pajiba is reporting that Universal Pictures is developing another Van Helsing movie “based upon the same fictional vampire hunter character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Guillermo Del Toro‘s version will not be related to 2004’s Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman in the title role.
The legendary character Abraham Van Helsing originally appeared as the driven Dutch doctor who hunted the titular vampire, and has since been immortalised in several of his own toothy adventures, with Hugh Jackman playing him most recently in Stephen Sommers’ iteration.
Now that del Toro is no longer directing The Hobbit (but still working on the scripts), it is possible that he may want to helm Van Helsing. At this point, he is searching for a writer to expand his story.
Other del Toro possibilities – to which he is attached or in which he has expressed an interest – include: Hellboy 3, Deadman, Death: The High Cost of Living, At The Mountains of Madness, Drood, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Slaughterhouse-Five and Saturn And The End of Days.
Do you want to see a new Van Helsing film, del Toro-style?