Now that heâs tearfully packed his bags and departed the directorâs job on The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toroâs slate is clear. Well, if you donât count the hundreds of thousands of other projects heâs got vying for his consideration at a variety of studios around Hollywood. So why shouldnât he add one more? The answer? Of course he should! And according to Pajibaâs sources, he has: a new take on Van Helsing.
Abraham Van Helsing, the driven Dutch doctor who hunted the titular vampire in Bram Stokerâs Dracula, has cropped up in almost as many bloodsucking stories as the toothy legend himself.
You might recall (unless you went to have the memory erased at Lacuna Inc, for which we would not blame you in the slightest) that one of the more recent takes on the character saw Hugh Jackman donning a big leather coat for Stephen Sommersâ film. That one... didn't turn out to be as fun as we thought, but we have higher hopes for something that boasts GDT as part of its creative background.
Thereâs no word yet on what sort of version del Toro is planning via his production company, since right now all we know is that itâll be based on a treatment penned by the man himself. And given his loaded writing/directing schedule, we doubt heâll actually make the thing himself. If he does, itâll have to wait a while.
Itâs not the first time that GDT has tackled a vampire hunter â his novel The Strain featured a character very much like Van Helsing, and letâs not forget that he brought the world Blade II. He knows his bloodsuckers.