Guillermo del Toro Leaves The Shire to Chase Van Helsing

Guillermo del Toro Leaves The Shire to Chase Van Helsing

Well, the vampire movement is so hot right now that it looks like director Guillermo del Toro couldn’t even escape its lure. After spending the past two years holed up in New Zealand to work with Peter Jackson on their passion project The Hobbit, del Toro has walked away. The constant studio delays and legal struggles surrounding the LOTR franchise has forced del Toro to step down as the director to pursue other interests. Though del Toro has agreed to help in other capacities, he cannot justify waiting around in New Zealand for the official green light for the project.

That being said, one of del Toro’s new pursuits is a new version Van Helsing through Universal Pictures. I must stress that this is not a sequel or remake of Stephen Sommer’s Van Helsing that Universal released in 2004 (yes, they are dipping back into that well).

Guillermo will be writing a treatment and producing a brand new version of the film that is being described as an “action horror story”. And since Van Helsing is public domain, he can get as creative as he wants. Other horror projects that del Toro has been interested in / tinkering with to include his spin on are Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

Van Helsing first appeared in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and was later made iconic by Peter Cushing in a number of Hammer films and Anthony Hopkins portrayed the grudge holding vampire hunter in Coppola’s 1992 Dracula.

Source: Pajiba


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One Response to “Guillermo del Toro Leaves The Shire to Chase Van Helsing”

  1. No love for Edward Van Sloan?

    I really wish Del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness would get the go-ahead. I’ve been dying for that for years. On the other hand, though, it’s really not that filmable a story — most of it is two guys wandering down ancient hallways scaring themselves silly over the wall carvings. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

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