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‘Van Helsing’ Takes Sharp Turn To Horror

Eric Heisserer teases what could come if Universal Pictures moves forward with the franchise the way he envisions it.

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Hugh Jackman had his idea of what demon-killer Van Helsing should be like, but Eric Heisserer has his own. And all we can say is forget action and adventure – the next Van Helsing could instead be along the lines of horror.

Heisserer, who’s up for an Oscar on Sunday for his writing work on Arrival, has been working hard on what he’s described to Collider as a fresh take on the vampire hunter, who was first introduced in the 1897 novel Dracula.

“The biggest thing that’s already been said is it’s contemporary. It’s a modern-day reimagining – I can talk about my emotional state of what I’ve been passionate about or sometimes frustrated by are the number of films where we find an extraordinary character with superhuman abilities that becomes a hero to solve a problem that a normal person cannot solve.

“I was eager to try and buck that trend and showcase someone who had no extraordinary powers, just resourcefulness and will, and kind of a stubbornness who’s able to tackle some of these bigger problems. Because I don’t like the idea that we’re infusing our public and our pop culture with the idea that only super people can solve the world’s problems.

“I like the idea of the everyday hero stepping up to the plate and getting things fixed.”

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