Last May, it was announced that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing a Van Helsing remake and an Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures. We haven't heard much on the projects since then, but Roberto Orci teased during a recent interview that there are plans to create a monster-centric universe based on classic Universal Pictures creatures for a new franchise not unlike Marvel's The Avengers and its stand-alone superhero adventures.
"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."
When asked if there was a particular monster in the Universal canon that he would like to get his hands on, Roberto Orci had this to say.
"I love Frankenstein just cause it's such a twisted, complicated monster. A monster who's not exactly a monster."
Last October, we reported that director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) was circling the Van Helsing reboot, although it isn't clear if he actually signed on or not. Our report from last May revealed that Tom Cruise is both producing and starring in Van Helsing. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are developing both projects with producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts.
Does this mean we'll eventually get a Marvel's The Avengers-inspired live action Mad Monster Party? Maybe they will go the DC Comics Batman Vs. Superman route and give us Van Helsing Vs. The Mummy and Frankenstein? We're mildly excited to see how this eventually pans out.