Universal Hires Another Monster Scribe

By Drax Largo on December 1st, 2014

Universal Studios has hired a new screenwriter to take a stab at one of their many monstrous creations; Jay Basu (Monsters: The Dark Continent) is boarding the proposed shared monster universe; however, it’s unclear at the moment what monster he’ll be rebooting.

Universal Studios has set a date for the next creature feature in its classic monster franchise – April 21, 2017 but what said monster movie is remains to be seen. The film is the second installment in the franchise to be scheduled following the previously announced reboot of The Mummy, slated for June 24, 2016.

Last year Universal announced that heavyweight screenwriter/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) were entering the Universal fold to reboot  Van Helsing and remake The Mummy. Since then we’ve heard of very little progress, with the exception of the latter seeing both Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Andres Muschietti (Mama) pulling a Houdini in the director’s chair. It’s also had several drafts written by John Spaihts (Prometheus) and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips).

As for the monsters up to bat, Frankenstein is on the drawing board; The Invisible Man; The Bride of Frankenstein; The Creature from the Black Lagoon; The Phantom of the Opera, and, of course, that reboot of Van Helsing.

Regarding Van Helsing, Tom Cruise is apparently still attached to replace Hugh Jackman, but its script status is unknown.