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Orci and Kurtzman are planning a Marvel-esque cinematic world featuring Van Helsing, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and more

10.18.2013

When Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman came on board to produce Universal's latest versions of VAN HELSING and THE MUMMY, it was assumed their track record as producers and writers of genre films and television shows was the reason. It now turns out that the studio is looking to make something a little bigger in scope than just mere retreads.

In an interview with IGN, Orci shared what the vision is with VAN HELSING and THE MUMMY and the other Universal Monster characters they will have at their disposal:

“There's an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. Van Helsing, and we're also producing The Mummy for them. We're kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don't want to just make remakes when you're doing a thing, unless it's worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It's not going to be just a remake.”

With Stephen Sommers take on VAN HELSING, we saw Dracula and Frankenstein debut in a connected movie that also featured a werewolf and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It sounds like Orci and Kurtzman are going to go for standalone films that interconnect in a possible big film showcasing everyone. I love the idea of this, but I also loved it when they attempted it with VAN HELSING only to be greatly disappointed by the cheesy final product.

I don't hate on Orci or Kurtzman as many do, so I am still optimistic this will turn out as a kick ass concept, but I will be cautious after seeing how poorly the Hugh Jackman film was handled.

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11:57AM on 10/21/2013

Hate to remind anyone but...

the Universal monsters were ALWAYS in a shared Universe. Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein have all shared the screen in their films before. This is nothing new. Sad though that so many have forgotten this.
the Universal monsters were ALWAYS in a shared Universe. Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein have all shared the screen in their films before. This is nothing new. Sad though that so many have forgotten this.
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7:16PM on 10/20/2013
So universal monsters have figured this out before DC ? Pathetic
So universal monsters have figured this out before DC ? Pathetic
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7:22PM on 10/20/2013
Ohhh I know he talks ab 100 films but Guillermo. and this is sAying they'd all be bad guys right? Or would they battle each other. I'd rather watch thT than a mummy remake
Ohhh I know he talks ab 100 films but Guillermo. and this is sAying they'd all be bad guys right? Or would they battle each other. I'd rather watch thT than a mummy remake
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12:48PM on 10/20/2013
I know everyone says Hollywood is out of original ideas, but THIS MUCH??? REALLY???
I know everyone says Hollywood is out of original ideas, but THIS MUCH??? REALLY???
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3:24AM on 10/20/2013

I'd be okay.....

I'd be OK with this only if they used practical effects and blended their CGI in seamlessly so that it doesn't LOOK like a heavy handed CGI cartoon like Van Helsing
Oh and Van Helsing was terrible...please STOP defending it.
the last excellent Dracula movie was 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola
I'd be OK with this only if they used practical effects and blended their CGI in seamlessly so that it doesn't LOOK like a heavy handed CGI cartoon like Van Helsing
Oh and Van Helsing was terrible...please STOP defending it.
the last excellent Dracula movie was 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola
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10:03PM on 10/19/2013

I'd be okay

I'd be okay with this if only they use PRACTICAL effects, and not CGI
I'd be okay with this if only they use PRACTICAL effects, and not CGI
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9:50PM on 10/19/2013
I think that this is an awesome idea.
I think that this is an awesome idea.
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10:51AM on 10/19/2013
Hey, Marvel actually does have versions of all those characters! But Universal exec's have spent millions of keeping the rights to these characters, just to sit on the properties. I don't see anything good coming from this.
Hey, Marvel actually does have versions of all those characters! But Universal exec's have spent millions of keeping the rights to these characters, just to sit on the properties. I don't see anything good coming from this.
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5:20AM on 10/19/2013
I'd prefer it if Orci and Kurtzman concentrated on dying of ball cancer.
I'd prefer it if Orci and Kurtzman concentrated on dying of ball cancer.
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12:38AM on 10/19/2013
So now studios are past franchises and on to "universes"?
So now studios are past franchises and on to "universes"?
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1:39PM on 10/19/2013
the universe strategy offers multiple franchises. it's like a franchise of franchises.
the universe strategy offers multiple franchises. it's like a franchise of franchises.
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10:11PM on 10/18/2013

NO

Van Helsing was the worst take on the Uni monsters that has ever gone to the screen. The Uni monsters aren't the fucking super friends. They are horror movies. Get someone who knows how to make a horror movie. With the exception of the Mummy, these movies aren't action adventures. The new Wolfman movie wasn't that bad btw.
Van Helsing was the worst take on the Uni monsters that has ever gone to the screen. The Uni monsters aren't the fucking super friends. They are horror movies. Get someone who knows how to make a horror movie. With the exception of the Mummy, these movies aren't action adventures. The new Wolfman movie wasn't that bad btw.
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9:52PM on 10/18/2013
How about instead of CGI overload (a la Van Helsing), make it a live-action version of the cartoon Drak Pak? I hope my spelling is correct as I haven't seen that cartoon in a long time.
How about instead of CGI overload (a la Van Helsing), make it a live-action version of the cartoon Drak Pak? I hope my spelling is correct as I haven't seen that cartoon in a long time.
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8:42PM on 10/18/2013
"Your'e not a virgin are you? No? What do you mean No?"
"Your'e not a virgin are you? No? What do you mean No?"
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2:54AM on 10/19/2013
"Rudy, where you going'?"

"I'm in the goddamn club, aren't I?"
"Rudy, where you going'?"

"I'm in the goddamn club, aren't I?"
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7:17PM on 10/18/2013
I would love to see a new Creature from the Black Lagoon film. Also Guillermo del Toro has to be apart of this somehow.
I would love to see a new Creature from the Black Lagoon film. Also Guillermo del Toro has to be apart of this somehow.
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6:54PM on 10/18/2013

I'm in!!!

I think this could be really good if they do it right, I didn't care much for the last Van Helsing, but I could see something like that working after building it up a little, Dracula being the main villian orcourse and trying to get all the monsters together or something along those lines
I think this could be really good if they do it right, I didn't care much for the last Van Helsing, but I could see something like that working after building it up a little, Dracula being the main villian orcourse and trying to get all the monsters together or something along those lines
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6:49PM on 10/18/2013
I would be down for an expanded universe with all the characters. Can't be any worse than the Hugh Jackman version (even though I did enjoy it).

Excited to see Cruise's portrayal.
I would be down for an expanded universe with all the characters. Can't be any worse than the Hugh Jackman version (even though I did enjoy it).

Excited to see Cruise's portrayal.
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6:09PM on 10/18/2013
Don't get the hate for Hugh Jackman's Van helsing.it isn't that bad.its enjoyable fun action film like Brendan Fraser's The Mummy.since Tom Cruise may play the new Van helsing,i really look forward to these
Don't get the hate for Hugh Jackman's Van helsing.it isn't that bad.its enjoyable fun action film like Brendan Fraser's The Mummy.since Tom Cruise may play the new Van helsing,i really look forward to these
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5:50PM on 10/18/2013
Sounds interesting if it is done right of course, I'm optimistic, but not overly so.
Sounds interesting if it is done right of course, I'm optimistic, but not overly so.
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5:43PM on 10/18/2013

Really sick of these dudes...

but this is long overdue, and I'm excited for it.
but this is long overdue, and I'm excited for it.
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5:33PM on 10/18/2013

Sounds like fun...

...but damn these guys get every cool job in town. I don't hate 'em either, though I don't exactly love 'em. Just don't fuck up The Wolfman boys, please. I can still smell the smoke from the wreckage of the last one.
...but damn these guys get every cool job in town. I don't hate 'em either, though I don't exactly love 'em. Just don't fuck up The Wolfman boys, please. I can still smell the smoke from the wreckage of the last one.
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