Universal Reportedly Remaking Van Helsing, Young Actors Being Eyed

Universal Reportedly Remaking Van Helsing, Young Actors Being Eyed
Fresh off the success of his two Mummy movies at the turn of the millennium, which both earned over $400 million at the box office, director Stephen Sommers decided to tackle the rest of Universal’s classic monsters for his follow-up feature. While the idea of Van Helsing sounded good on paper, reinventing Dracula’s arch-nemesis as a Vatican-sponsored monster hunter played by A-list star Hugh Jackman, the execution failed after the filmmaker stuffed the story to its bursting point, burning through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and Dracula himself in a mess of sub-par CGI and wall-to-wall action sequences that quickly became an assault on the senses.

The $160 million blockbuster disappointed critically and commercially, and all plans for a franchise were ultimately canned. However, the idea of a reboot never quite went away, with Tom Cruise attached to star at one stage before he made the ill-judged
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