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Another potential Guillermo del Toro project: Van Helsing

06.10.2010

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro spent a couple of years working on THE HOBBIT, only to depart the project with no start date in sight. Now he seems to be making up for lost time.

According to Pajiba, GdT is planning his own VAN HELSING over at Universal. Fortunately, it will bear no relationship to the indescribably terrible Stephen Sommers movie -- del Toro will write an original action-horror treatment for the vampire-hunting character. At the moment, he is only setting up the story and producing the project, and a screenwriter is now being sought.

Van Helsing was first introduced in Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" and later made famous by Peter Cushing in a number of Hammer films (including the great kung fu mashup LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES). Anthony Hopkins played the fang-slayer in Coppola's 1992 DRACULA.

GdT is well-known for his love of classic horror -- he's also working on (among a dozen other things) his own versions of FRANKENSTEIN, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE and H.P. Lovecraft's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. And like those, Van Helsing is in the public domain, so del Toro can go wild with the material.

Extra Tidbit: A Van Helsing-like character appears in del Toro's own vampire novel "The Strain" (co-written with Chuck Hogan).
Source: Pajiba

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11:18PM on 06/12/2010
All projects sound worth seeing!
All projects sound worth seeing!
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5:21PM on 06/11/2010

nice

I think the Van Helsing character and Del Toro are a great match. I'm sure he will do great things with this material
I think the Van Helsing character and Del Toro are a great match. I'm sure he will do great things with this material
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2:37PM on 06/11/2010
I'm thrilled that we're going to get some del Toro, but I'm not very interested in a Van Helsing movie. I'll watch it and love it, but I would certainly prefer almost anything else.

I really just can't wait for Hellboy 3.
I'm thrilled that we're going to get some del Toro, but I'm not very interested in a Van Helsing movie. I'll watch it and love it, but I would certainly prefer almost anything else.

I really just can't wait for Hellboy 3.
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8:49AM on 06/11/2010

future cast this

I've voting for Christoph Waltz for Van Helsing.
I would love del Toro to do Hellboy 3, but I love pretty much everything he does, so i'm all for it.
I've voting for Christoph Waltz for Van Helsing.
I would love del Toro to do Hellboy 3, but I love pretty much everything he does, so i'm all for it.
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8:12AM on 06/11/2010
What makes me laugh is that a few moments ago another writer was posting something about this and then eventually managed to notice that Dave Davis had got there first. Genius.
What makes me laugh is that a few moments ago another writer was posting something about this and then eventually managed to notice that Dave Davis had got there first. Genius.
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7:16AM on 06/11/2010

Sounds good.

Just don't make a movie this time about a guy called Van Helsing who frequently is bamboozled and made to look inept by the villain. Make him a worthy adversary for these monsters. The Sommers picture felt like he was making an anti-summer movie, about a hero who really did nothing cool except wear a cool jacket and hat and inadvertently helped Dracula wipe out an entire family.
Just don't make a movie this time about a guy called Van Helsing who frequently is bamboozled and made to look inept by the villain. Make him a worthy adversary for these monsters. The Sommers picture felt like he was making an anti-summer movie, about a hero who really did nothing cool except wear a cool jacket and hat and inadvertently helped Dracula wipe out an entire family.
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7:04AM on 06/11/2010

STOP REVISITING THIS

Vampires, werewolves...fuck man, it's been done to death.

Dig deep, del Toro...go to the true macabre source. Make "At the Mountains of Madness", brother!
Vampires, werewolves...fuck man, it's been done to death.

Dig deep, del Toro...go to the true macabre source. Make "At the Mountains of Madness", brother!
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6:29AM on 06/11/2010
Del Toro made the best sequel in the "Blade" trilogy, so I could believe he'd make a great Van Helsing movie that pays respect to the character.
Del Toro made the best sequel in the "Blade" trilogy, so I could believe he'd make a great Van Helsing movie that pays respect to the character.
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5:45AM on 06/11/2010
OMG YESSSSS! Peter Cushing was great and Del toro is one hell of a filmaker who loves all these old hammer and universal films. No director has been able to recreate the vibe of a good old Hammer movie... As long as Del Toro takes care of it, we all have to be excited by this news, that can be something very special because I trust him not to do a "crappy reimagining" of those classic characters and respect them all.
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OMG YESSSSS! Peter Cushing was great and Del toro is one hell of a filmaker who loves all these old hammer and universal films. No director has been able to recreate the vibe of a good old Hammer movie... As long as Del Toro takes care of it, we all have to be excited by this news, that can be something very special because I trust him not to do a "crappy reimagining" of those classic characters and respect them all.
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5:05AM on 06/11/2010

Peter Cushing

What a fantastic actor he was. He could bring life to the crappiest of scripts.
What a fantastic actor he was. He could bring life to the crappiest of scripts.
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4:24AM on 06/11/2010

Yes

But Hellboy 3 needs to be on the agenda soon.
But Hellboy 3 needs to be on the agenda soon.
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2:33AM on 06/11/2010
For what it's worth, I actually liked Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman. It was a crappy attempt, sure, but for some reason I had a lotta' fun watching it and something about the Helsing attire coupled with steampunk weapons just looks so friggin' badass. Del Toro's will be awesome for sure, but I'm just saying, I'm not on the 'Hate Sommer's Van Helsing' bandwagon.
For what it's worth, I actually liked Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman. It was a crappy attempt, sure, but for some reason I had a lotta' fun watching it and something about the Helsing attire coupled with steampunk weapons just looks so friggin' badass. Del Toro's will be awesome for sure, but I'm just saying, I'm not on the 'Hate Sommer's Van Helsing' bandwagon.
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2:11AM on 06/11/2010
I'm not really opposed to this. I mean it would be nice for GdT to do something out side of horror but I still think he could put together a really kick ass version of the Van Helsing character...
I'm not really opposed to this. I mean it would be nice for GdT to do something out side of horror but I still think he could put together a really kick ass version of the Van Helsing character...
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1:42AM on 06/11/2010

Fuck that.

I rather see Hellboy III. Come on, Ron isn't getting any younger.
I rather see Hellboy III. Come on, Ron isn't getting any younger.
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12:58AM on 06/11/2010
"indescribably terrible Stephen Sommers movie" really? U and I have parted company a few times over the past in our opinions, but that statement is totally misplaced IMO-unless it were followed by the letters-IMO. I'm rippin' it here a little is all. We're still good! ; )
"indescribably terrible Stephen Sommers movie" really? U and I have parted company a few times over the past in our opinions, but that statement is totally misplaced IMO-unless it were followed by the letters-IMO. I'm rippin' it here a little is all. We're still good! ; )
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7:05AM on 06/11/2010
Agreed. I really enjoyed Van Helsing.
Agreed. I really enjoyed Van Helsing.
8:31AM on 06/11/2010
By now the IMO should be assumed of myself and all the site's writers.
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As for VAN HELSING... I enjoy a lot of bad movies, but I also recognize them as bad movies. VAN HELSING is simply awful beyond words. Actually I take that back, there were words -- I'll have to dig up the review I did back when I originally saw it and throw it on MFC.
By now the IMO should be assumed of myself and all the site's writers.
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As for VAN HELSING... I enjoy a lot of bad movies, but I also recognize them as bad movies. VAN HELSING is simply awful beyond words. Actually I take that back, there were words -- I'll have to dig up the review I did back when I originally saw it and throw it on MFC.
12:47AM on 06/11/2010
Guillermo, why not trying something NEW?
Guillermo, why not trying something NEW?
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12:09AM on 06/11/2010
So no Hugh Jackman?
So no Hugh Jackman?
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12:04AM on 06/11/2010
Sounds good to me! I really just want him to settle down on one project and get it through. It'd be great.
Sounds good to me! I really just want him to settle down on one project and get it through. It'd be great.
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