Universal’s Dark Universe (a franchise reboot of their classic monster films) is off to a rough start. They attempted to start the series off with 2014’s Dracula Untold, but it’s less than stellar box office and mixed critical reception, the studio optrd instead to reposition its reboot of The Mummy as the franchise launching pad. With that film faring even worse than the former, the franchise is in danger of ending before it begins. Not to be deterred, the studio has already begun filling in the lead monsters of the other films, with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem confirmed as The Invisible Man and Fankenstein’s Monster. Long-standing rumors peg Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson for the Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, respectively, while Scarlet Johansson is reportedly being eyed for the female lead in Creature from the Black Lagoon.
According to THR, Channing Tatum is being courted by the studio to star in their Van Helsing reboot. The role was originally being considered for Tom Cruise before he ended up taking the lead in The Mummy. So far, there isn’t a director or any other cast members attached; but the script, originally written by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) based on a screen story by Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out) is currently being polished.
Tatum has been experiencing quite the career surge over the past five years or so with acclaimed roles in Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, 22 Jump Street and The Hateful Eight. He’ll be seen next in Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming heist comedy Logan Lucky, Matthew Vaughn‘s action-comedy spy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle and he’s still working on the Gambit film for Fox, which is currently without a director.
Check back for more information on Van Helsing as it becomes available.