Now that Guillermo Del Toro has parted ways with The Hobbit, I can only assume we’ll be seeing a flurry of announcements for the many projects he has been attaching himself to as of late. A quick glance at his IMDb profile shows 10 projects currently marked as “in development”, and now we’ve got another one to add to the mix. According to Pajiba, Del Toro is also working on a brand new take on the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing for Universal Pictures.
It’s a bit unclear right now whether or not this could be tied to one of the other Dracula remakes that have been announced in the past year, but one thing seems certain: this will have absolutely no relation to Stephen Sommers’ 2004 dud Van Helsing. Del Toro will be producing the movie and has written a treatment for it, but is now in search of a screenwriter who can flesh it out for him. It is being described as an “action horror story.”
Based on Del Toro’s experience with Blade II and the Hellboy movies, I think there are a lot of people who would be interested in this, even though it seems unlikely that he would direct it himself. He’s also reworking a couple of other classic monster tales including Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Are you interested in a Van Helsing flick from Guillermo Del Toro? What would you like to see his next project be?