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Dan Mazeau Is Announced To Write Universal’s Van Helsing Script!

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Van Helsing gets a writer in Dan Mazeau!

Dan Mazeau, screenwriter of Wrath of the Titans, has been announced to write the script for the upcoming Universal film, Van Helsing. According to The Tracking Board, Mazeau has been on board since Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan first started developing the upcoming Universal Monsters Universe of films, starting with this summer’s The Mummy. His name has not been officially announced until now. Dan Mazeau has written other films such as Lunar Park for Tom Cruise and Universal’s Section 6, as well as the film Yukikaze.

Dan Mazeau

While Heisserer has previously spoken about working alongside other writers in developing this upcoming cinematic universe, he went on to reveal a little more in an interview with Adam Chitwood of Collider:

“We all came in without putting a flag down on any of those certain monsters or films, just talking about how we saw the world working and what we wanted to explore. Sometimes we’d talk about themes, and Jon [Spaihts] and I just found ourselves kind of on the same page in terms of what we wanted to see Van Helsing explore. It was a natural team-up, I think. It was just a conclusion that we all reached around the table that he and I would work on that together.”

Previously, Eric Heisserer regarded this new interpretation of Van Helsing as likening him more towards Keanu Reeve’s John Wick. While this could still very well change, the last Heisserer said was “right now he’s the John Wick of that world. You put him in the room with Dracula, or the Wolfman, or Jekyll/Hyde, or any of these people, his first instinct is, “I’m going to murder you.” Van Helsing has also been likened to Mad Max, but while some fans are worried over the Monsters Universe tone being more Universal Monsters by way of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they could not be more wrong. Taking place in a contemporary setting, just like Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, Heisserer added, “I can talk about my emotional state of what I’ve been passionate about or sometimes frustrated by are the number of films where we find an extraordinary character with superhuman abilities that becomes a hero to solve a problem that a normal person cannot solve. And I was eager to try and buck that trend and showcase someone who had no extraordinary powers, just resourcefulness and will and kind of a stubbornness who’s able to tackle some of these bigger problems. Because I don’t like the idea that we’re infusing our public and our pop culture with the idea that only super people can solve the world’s problems. I like the idea of the everyday hero stepping up to the plate and getting things fixed.”

Interestingly, Tom Cruise was previously attached to star and headline Van Helsing. While he is the lead in The Mummy, playing “amoral tough guy” Nick Morton, there is still some speculation that he may be playing the monster hunter created by Bram Stoker.

With The Mummy releasing this June, we could expect to learn more about the currently developing Universal Monsters Universe films in the coming months. As always, stay tuned to UMU for the latest news.

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

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Joe Grodensky

Joe is a man of paradox. Joe is mysterious yet an open book. Joe is outgoing yet introverted. Joe is part wolf and man. Joe's favorite monster movie? Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Always glad to hear about movement on these properties! I thought Wrath of the Titans was a really good movie! It’s too bad there probably won’t be a sequel since it didn’t make the money it should have.

    We need to hear who will be directing the next Universal Monster movie though! Unless that happens quickly (like February or March), then I suspect the April 13, 2018 release date for the next untitled monster movie will get pushed back.

    I would also be all for Titans’ filmmakers Louis Leterrier & Jonathan Liebesman directing Universal monster pictures!

  2. Me too. It’s always exciting when news regarding the Universal Monsters comes out. I do agree, we should be hearing about the next project soon. However, I would not be surprised if dates get reshuffled.

    I’m all for Louis Leterrier for one of the films.

    • With the amazing lineup of movies coming in March (I already purchased tickets for Thursday evening debut showings of Logan & Beauty and the Beast) thus far, things might start to really ramp up for the Universal monsters around then. Especially in the build to and the aftermath of Kong: Skull Island…part of Legendary’s own MonsterVerse! If Skull Island succeeds (it certainly will IMO), Universal will likely capitalize on the buzz of monsters and start releasing news about the other monster properties. And I also suspect there may be a new trailer for The Mummy that plays in front of Kong: Skull Island screenings! And because the industry will be going ape for Kong (Like Sam Jackson’s character, I too can’t wait to bring that ape down), I expect a new War For the Planet of the Apes trailer to be out soon 🙂


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