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.
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)