Could Channing Tatum portray the iconic vampire hunter Van Helsing?
Amid an article published earlier today by The Hollywood Reporter, we have learned a new tidbit regarding Universal’s “Dark Universe.” While the piece centers around movie franchises and this summer’s box office, Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit, and Carolyn Giardina write about some of the biggest films that have opened this season. Writing about this past June’s The Mummy, The Hollywood Reporter offers that the studio is “prepping an offer to Angelina Jolie for Bride of Frankenstein (slated for release on Feb. 14, 2019) and polishing the script for Van Helsing, aimed for Channing Tatum.” The mention of Angelina Jolie should come as no surprise, but Channing Tatum as Van Helsing? Now that’s news!
Unfortunately there aren’t many details known at this time in regards to Channing Tatum being courted by Universal for Van Helsing. This actually comes as news to us and it’s seemingly a surprise to even those at Collider. It actually isn’t too surprising that an actor like Tatum, who has a healthy relationship with the studio, would be courted for one of their next tentpole film, set in their cinematic universe known as “Dark Universe.” I very much like Channing Tatum and it’d be interesting to see his take on the iconic vampire hunter originally appearing in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” His performance would definitely be a younger take on the character and closer in line to Hugh Jackman’s in the 2004 film of the same name. However, Tatum does have the talent to pull off the role of Van Helsing, while making it wholly original. I hope this happens!
I would like to add that while Angelina Jolie is still in the running for for Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, Charlize Theron of Atomic Blonde is also a potential contender to take over the iconic monster role made famous by Elsa Lanchester. Apparently, while the direction is still being worked out, Jolie and Theron are both in the running based on different visions developed for the Bride, herself.
Van Helsing is currently being written by Dan Mazeau, following drafts previously written by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts.
“Well I guess the biggest thing that’s already been said is it’s contemporary, it’s a modern-day reimagining… 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.” – Eric Heisserer
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on Van Helsing and “Dark Universe.”
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)