So Channing Tatum is being considered for the role of the iconic monster hunter, Van Helsing.
The Hollywood Report has recently revealed that Tatum is being eyed by Universal Studio execs in an attempt to refresh the role.
Their last effort at the Van Helsing movie back in 2004 with Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale flopped big time in the box office but in all honesty, I don’t see how or even what Channing is going to bring to the role that Hugh Jackman couldn’t.
Just as confused as you, buddy.
While there are few details on the possible new plot—co-writer Eric Heisserer was quoted back in February as saying that he likes the idea of an “everyday” hero rather than a superhero stopping monsters…which… is kind of Van Helsing, anyway?
Originally, the Van Helsing created by Bram Stoker was a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: “M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc.” (gotta love an overachiever!)
Either way, expect to see a more modern-day-looking monster hunter making more than one appearance in the years to come.
The Dracula Untold movie was originally intended to launch the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe (unfortunate acronym of UMCU) however lacklustre ticket sales gave studio higher-ups a mild case of cold feet.
They’ve since redoubled their efforts, hiring Sofia Boutella to play their Mummy and Tom Cruise as the target of her curses, Russell Crowe as their Dr. Jekyll, Javier Bardem in the role of Frankenstein’s monster, and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man. With most characters crossing over into one or more of each other’s movies, lets just hope that Tatum isn’t one of them.
There’s no word on an official release date for the new movie. Universal has possible dates in place being either April 13, 2018 or February 15, 2019 so, I guess, watch this space.