The 2004 Van Helsing movie was delightful in a crazy sort of way, although its user-generated critical scores are unfavorable (RT: 23 percent, Metacritic: 35 percent). Van Helsing made $300 million, but on a $160 million budget, the profit margin was not quite colossal enough for the studio to greenlight a sequel. Still, it's one of those movies I can always watch.
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Universal is gearing up for a reboot of all of their classic monsters, and screenwriter Eric Heisserer let slip a nice nugget of info to Cinema Blend: The new Van Helsing movie will be part of the Universal Monsters universe.
"It is right now. This is early in the process, and it's evolutionary. I don't know if that's going to stay that way. But right now there is an absolute... there's some cartilage that links it to other pieces, like 'The Mummy.'"
This means that the upcoming reboots are all interconnected — makes sense that Dracula and Van Helsing, at least, would share a world — including the following characters:
- The Mummy
- Invisible Man
- Wolf Man
- Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Bride of Frankenstein
The first of the Universal Monsters reboots, The Mummy, opens June 9, 2017.