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[03.05.2004] Bei JAM! ShowBiz gibt es ein Interview mit Kate Beckinsale...

[30.04.2004] Music from the Movies meldet...
Alan Silvestri's score for Stephen Sommers' much anticipated Van Helsing theatrical feature is being released by Decca Records next week. But this is not the only Van Helsing movie in the works, and Silvestri's score is not the only Van Helsing score completed. In the shadows of the big budget movie, Universal has created an animated short film, Van Helsing - The London Assignment, which is a prequel to the theatrical film, featuring the voice of Hugh Jackman among others. This film, available on DVD from 11th May, has been scored by John van Tongeren (best known for his television work such as Creature and The Cheetah Girls). Decca Records has announced that they will release a 32-minute CD (the film is only 33 minutes!) with van Tongeren's score on 8th June as a companion piece to the more ambitious release of Alan Silvestri's score on 4th May.

[28.04.2004] Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es mehrere Ausschnitte... Und bei AICN eine weitere negative Kritik...

[27.04.2004] Bei AICN gibt es weitere negative Kritiken...
[...] Unlike the Mummy movies, which whatever you think of them, do seem to reflect a specific directorial vision, Van Helsing seems to have slipped out of Sommers' control. He tried something bigger, weirder, scarier, more operatic and funnier here and it all became overwrought, a big gawdy dumb disaster.
So, see it with your expectations calibrated accordingly, and some fun can still be had.


[24.04.2004] Die Offizielle Website bietet endlich mehr !!! Und bei AICN gibt es ein paar Kritiken...

[20.04.2004] Filmz.ru hat ein paar sehenswerte Bilder veröffentlicht... Und bei VisiMag gibt es Interviews mit den Darstellern...

[14.04.2004] Bei azcentral.com gibt es einen Artikel über die Hoffnungen der beteiligten Firmen... Und bei CineMovies.fr gibt es eine grosse Galerie mit Szenenbildern...

[10.04.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine negative Kritik von Mr. Beaks...

[30.03.2004] Bei Latino Review gibt es neue Werbeplakate !!!

[21.03.2004] Der neue und finale "Van Helsing" Trailer ist online !!!

[19.03.2004] Bei Latino Review gibt es das finale Poster !!!

[18.03.2004] Bei mySaN gibt es Interviews mit Hugh Jackman und Stephen Sommers, dazu gibt es viele Bilder...

[13.03.2004] Bei UGO Screenwriter's Voice gibt es ein Script-Review... Und bei AICN gibt es Kritiken zu einer Testvorführung !!!

[23.02.2004] Bei GrandItaliaFestival.it gibt es ein Interview mit Silvia Colloca... SPOILER !!!

[05.02.2004] Bei AICN gibt es ein Kommentar zum "Van Helsing" Sneak-Peek...

[02.02.2004] VanHelsing.net bietet endlich mehr, u.a. kann man einen Blick auf Draculas Braut werfen !!! Bei Apple.com gibt es den "Van Helsing" Super Bowl Trailer...

[29.01.2004] Bei Jackman's Landing gibt es ein Interview mit Stephen Sommers aus dem Magazin SFX...

[20.01.2004] Bei AICN gibt es u.a. Infos zu einem animierten Prequel !?! Bei InsideKino gibt es einen Bericht über die Münchner Filmwoche 2004, wo u.a. die ersten 10 Minuten aus "Van Helsing" gezeigt wurden...
[...] Ich finde Die Mumie in Ordnung, das Sequel überproduziert und kalt. Ich befürchte, dass Van Helsing in die letztere Kategorie fällt. SPOILER-WARNUNG: Der Film beginnt mit einer S/W-Sequenz, die Frankenstein nach empfunden ist, anstatt aber den ganzen Weg zu gehen und diese Sequenz auch wirklich in S/W zu drehen (um den Look der 30er Jahre Filme besser hinzukriegen), sieht man ganz deutlich, dass hier einfach nur die Farbe weggelassen wurde, echt schade. Man erfährt in dieser Szene, dass Graf Dracula Doktor Frankenstein beauftragt und finanziert hat, das Monster zu schaffen. Nachdem dies gelang, saugt er den Doktor aus, während die Meute vor dem Schloss das Monster töten will. Monster flieht mit Leiche zur Windmühle, Windmühle wird abgefackelt. Schnitt, Farbe und Ortswechsel. Van Helsing kämpft mit Mr. Hyde im Pariser Notre Dame. Nachdem natürlich Van Helsing den Kampf gewinnt und die Leiche von Dr. Jekyll auf dem Vorplatz aufgefunden wird, wird Van Helsing als Mörder beschimpft. ENDE SPOILER [...]

[19.01.2004] Bei Redlands Daily Facts gibt es ein Interview mit Stephen Sommers...

[17.01.2004] Der "Van Helsing" Trailer ist online !!!

[16.01.2004] Heute zeigt RTL um 22.40 Uhr die exklusive und weltweite Trailerpremiere !!! Und bei ET gibt es einen Set-Bericht, inkl. Video...

[06.01.2004] Bei Jackman's Landing gibt es ein Interview mit Hugh Jackman...

[26.12.2003] Bei Josie-Maran.com gibt es einige VH-Promo-Bilder, u.a. von Richard Roxburgh als Dracula...

[23.12.2003] Bei Latino Review gibt es das Teaser-Poster...

[19.12.2003] Bei UIP.nl gibt es ein neues Bild von Van Helsing...

[18.12.2003] Bei Empire Movies gibt es einen sehenswerten "Van Helsing"-Banner...

[16.12.2003] SF Wire meldet...
David Wenham, who plays Carl in the upcoming supernatural film Van Helsing, told SCI FI Wire that his character is a weapons maker for the titular hero, played by Hugh Jackman. "Carl ... is a monk who invents extraordinary weapons," Wenham said in an interview. "He's sort of like a very period Q [from the James Bond films]."
In the film, Carl gets a chance to leave his chambers and pursue adventure with Van Helsing, who is on a mission to hunt down vampires and other monsters. "He's somebody who's spent his whole entire life deep underground in this monastery, but for this particular time, he's told by his superiors to go off with Van Helsing on this mission to hunt down Dracula," Wenham said.
Wenham will soon be on view in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, reprising the role of Faramir from The Two Towers. Van Helsing was a total departure, Wenham said. "The fight sequences [in Van Helsing] involve totally different forms of weaponry, and the genre is totally different as well," he said. [...]


[11.12.2003] Jackman's Landing meldet...
[...] Universal has designs for VH tie-ins in their theme parks with "multiple themed attractions and events."
The studio plans to release an original animated adventure, starring Hugh as the voice of Van Helsing, available exclusively on DVD.
The previously announced TV series that takes place in the same universe will be called Transylvania.
Talk about advance planning - Universal is already announcing they're hoping to have a DVD release for Van Helsing ready to roll in time for Halloween '04! [...]


[01.12.2003] Bei CS! gibt es neue Bilder und einen Set-Bericht aus dem Magazin "Pipeline"...

[18.11.2003] DH meldet...
Scouting and prep work for not only the spin-off TV series but a possible sequel has already begun in the Czech Republic.

[29.10.2003] Bei CS! gibt es Infos zum Spiel zum Film, welches für Xbox und PS2 erscheinen soll...

[18.09.2003] Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Kate Beckinsale...

[16.09.2003] CS! meldet...
Universal has already pacted with NBC for Transylvania, a drama series inspired by writer/director Stephen Sommer's monster film Van Helsing, due out next May and starring Hugh Jackman. The network has given Universal Network Television a pilot commitment for a drama that, while not a spinoff or sequel, will be set in the same universe as the feature film.
Sommers will write the pilot script and executive produce the series with partner and longtime editor Bob Ducsay. And, in another connection to the movie, the potential series will likely be shot on the same 19th-century village set that Universal built in Prague and used for Van Helsing.
Universal has high hopes for the film giving Sommers the right to populate it with all of its most famous monsters, allowing Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing to battle Dr. Jekyll, the Werewolf and Dracula.
Though the series will be set in the same 19th century vein as the film, Van Helsing will not be a character in Transylvania. Instead, the series will be a character-driven soap opera and the central figure will be a young cowboy from Texas who's pressed into duty and becomes the sheriff in a town where oddities abound.
Universal is already hoping that Van Helsing will spawn a film sequel.


[22.07.2003] AICN und DH berichten über die San Diego Comic-Con...
One of the other biggies was Stephen Sommers monster epic which had the biggest panel of the con along with some darn sweet footage. No dialogue was seen and the music was Bram Stoker's Dracula for a lot of it, but otherwise it was a fast cut non-FX clip with some pretty revealing stuff. Plenty of Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing garb swinging down flying foxes or jumping around in only a loincloth Tarzan-style, Kate Beckinsale in riding pants and a red shirt being seduced by Dracula and kicking some ass, Richard Roxburgh as Drac though looking quite different (Roxburgh's normal look but with black hair and a few long bangs), and brief hints of David Wenham as Igor. There was also looks at Frankenstein, Will Kemp as Wolf Man (no makeup sadly), and glimpses of scenes such as the astonishing looking ballroom dance scene in Drac's castle which looks like a live-action version of "The Masque of the Red Death". Cinematography is beautiful on this and the action seems pretty cool too. Jackman, Beckinsale, Roxburgh, Sommers, Kemp and a few others were on hand for the panel afterwards - Jackman was keen on the idea of a sequel it seems although to the crowd his belting out of Grease's "Summer Lovin'" song was went over well.

[05.07.2003] Bei VanShoot.net gibt es Bilder und Videos vom Set...

[20.06.2003] Bei CS! gibt es ein Bild von Hugh Jackman als Van Helsing...

[07.06.2003] Bei Latino Review gibt es einen weiteren "Schwung" von Set-Bildern...

[05.06.2003] Bei Latino Review gibt es weitere Bilder vom Set...

[20.05.2003] Bei AICN gibt es weitere Bilder vom "Castle"-Set...

[17.05.2003] Bei CS! gibt es Bilder vom "Castle"-Set...

[14.05.2003] Bei DH gibt es Insider-Infos...
"Van Helsing will have about 15 weapons, one of which was a hand held circular saw which is about the size of a mobile phone at the start. Then he presses a button and little blades spring out of it to make a circle, then he holds the handle and continually presses the button with his thumb (or trigger) and it spins the blades around.
Frankenstein plays a major role because Dracula needs him to make his offspring live, we were told that Dracula has a harem of Draculettes that have been trying to give birth to his children for 300 years but they keep being born dead. Dracula is trying to find Frankenstein because he was once dead and came to live and Dracula thinks he holds the key to live (or something like that).
Frankenstein is going to look like a real man-made monster, we're going to be able to see all his parts - there's a glass plate on his chest so we can see his heart pumping. We'll be able to see all of the wires hanging from the back of his head and at one point in the movie his head will be hit and the top of it will flip off (like there's a hinge at the back).
Unlike Werewolves in past movies where the hair will grow longer and longer until the man is transformed into a wolf, in this film it's going to be like a wolf is actually inside the man. We saw drawn concept artwork for the transformation from man to wolf and it's the man is actually a skin for the wolf who rips through the flash to be a fully developed wolf living within.


[13.05.2003] Bei iC Liverpool und SunTimes.com gibt es Interviews mit Hugh Jackman, in denen er u.a. über "Van Helsing" spricht...
[...] "I fight Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula and a few other surprises are thrown in," he promises. "It's a huge movie. Don't get me wrong. 'X 2' was a big movie, but 'Van Helsing,' my God. The sets, the action pieces--it's out of control. It's like I walked into 'Indiana Jones.'"
Jackman just wrapped principal photography in Prague, where he said one stunt went especially awry. "The village peasants were extras. We literally went into the shelters to give them work, but the problem was their English was nonexistent," he says. "So imagine this scene where I'm on wire. I have to run, run, run and then jump and grab onto Kate Beckinsale's legs and go flying through the air before I get flipped. Once I launch into this move, I cannot stop. [...]


[23.04.2003] Bei AICN gibt es Infos zu einer Kampfsequenz...

[18.04.2003] Bei MTV.com gibt es ein Interview mit Hugh Jackman...
[...] "I'm just really happy with it," he proclaimed. "We're three months into shooting it. We've got a little bit to go. I've got to fly back into Prague next week and shoot [there], and then we come to L.A." [...]
"I'll tell you, man, it is huge - the sets, the costumes," Jackman said. "I just saw a little trailer of it cut together. We showed it to the whole crew [and] everyone was so jazzed. It looks amazing." [...] "I feel like I'm in 'Indiana Jones,' " he said. "That was my favorite movie as a kid, and I really feel like I've walked into one of those movies. [It's got] swashbuckling, but it's got a darkness to it, but it's still funny. And the look of it - I think it has a style to it that I've never really seen before. And I think the story is very intricate." [...]


[16.04.2003] Bei CS! gibt es ein "Daily Audio"-Interview mit Hugh Jackman...

[15.04.2003] Bei DH gibt es mehrere Produktionsgemälde: #1, #2, #3 und #4 !!! Fangoria sprach mit Hugh Jackman...
[...] As with X-MEN, Universal is looking for a franchise with VAN HELSING, and Jackman is already signed up for two films. He admits, however, that even though there's a lot of physicality in the X-MEN movies, VAN HELSING will likely have even more. "Probably more physical than [X-MEN 2]," Jackman estimates. "There's a little bit more action. There's a lot of horse-riding and wirework where I get lifted up. There are fight sequences on a huge scale. [...] For some of the stuff in VAN HELSING, we're way up in the sky flying around, so it's a lot of fun."
As we've already seen in some early bits of art, it appears Van Helsing himself will have some creative weaponry, something Jackman confirms. "I've got so many weapons in VAN HELSING, I've lost count," Jackman jokes. "I'm almost like one of those watch salesmen. I have this huge overcoat and I [mimes opening the coat up revealing many "items"]. It almost becomes a joke by the end. My [sidekick] says, 'What else do you have in there?' I pull out this crossbow and this mace and you name it-it comes out." [...]


[19.03.2003] Empire Online sprach mit Hugh Jackman...
[...] 'This is kind of the younger and more adventurous swashbuckling version of Van Helsing,' explains Jackman, 'who is, for want of a better word, a mercenary for the Catholic Church who is out there killing or dealing with possessed souls of all different shapes and sizes. Right at the beginning of the movie you meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which introduces my character. So he's out there dealing with these rogue demons that have taken over bodies. And as it turns out, Dracula, whose existence has been known to the Church in Transylvania, is kind of starting to get out of control, and so they send Van Helsing, on a big mission to find him. Anna, Kate Beckinsale's character, is the youngest and final member of the family whose job it is to try and track Dracula for 400 years.
'So that's how we meet up and Frankenstein becomes involved because... ooh, I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you that,' says Jackman, conscious of confidentiality agreements. 'This is the first time I've been asked about the plot. I'll get a lot slicker by the time I finish, I'll have a straight answer! Anyway, we all kind of meet up in this mish-mash of monsters and real people in Transylvania, and it's really amazing. Stephen has really done a great job. The way he's cast it is very interesting too...It's not like we're a star-studded cast, and I think that helps you get into the characters and get involved in the world. And it's cheaper,' he laughs. 'They couldn't afford Mel Gibson!' [...]


[11.03.2003] Cinescape berichtet über die ShoWest-Präsentation...
[...] Sommers stressed to the audience that he wants the look of Hugh Jackman's VAN HELSING to be "absolutely iconic", meaning that if someone spotted him approaching in the distance they'd know exactly who he was. The recent preview artwork showing a black garbed Helsing gives us an idea what Sommers means when he says that. And expect Van Helsing to be armed to the teeth; some of the weapons he'll have include "multipurpose powersaw blades/guns".
Also discussed by Sommers were the new versions of Count Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's Monster. Sommers said that VAN HELSING begins with the storming of Castle Frankenstein, and by the third act, the hero is at the door of Count Dracula's foreboding home. "The Classic Universal Monsters look absolutely NOTHING like the ones in the film," said our source. "Frank looks a lot more like a slightly biomechanical version of the DeNiro FRANKENSTEIN, Dracula turns into a Batman Man-Bat/Harpy looking creature (and there is an attack by SEVERAL of the transformed Man-Bats). The Wolfman as previously noted literally sheds his manskin to become the Wolf." [...]


[07.03.2003] Bei DH gibt es das Teaser-Plakat... Und bei CS! gibt es ein Kommentar von Chuck the Movieguy zu den exklusiven Ausschnitten, die auf der ShoWest gezeigt wurden...
We got a first behind the scenes look at the upcoming monster movie. It may be the biggest monster movie epic ever. They went into extensive scenes of them making and casting the outfits of Frankenstein, the Werewolf and others.
We are told by director Stephen Sommers that every monster that has every been used by Universal is featured in this movie, the drawings of the werewolf shedding his human skin look fantastic. We are also told that this is a PG-13 movie with no blood. The heads of Frankenstein are awesome and we are also told by the director that Frank's head comes completely off during the film and he just plops it back on. The shots of the castle are huge. Unbelievable huge.


[17.02.2003] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet... Bei CS! gibt es die Bilder der Monster (Wolfman, Frankenstein und Dracula) aus dem Flash-Intro...

[13.02.2003] AICN meldet...
[...] there is a promotional tape of Sommers' VAN HELSING. It shows quite a bit of the artwork and what kind of atmosphere we have to expect. The sets seem huge, even compared to THE MUMMY and very dark, especially the castle (Dracula's I guess). It doesn't look much as a teenie movie. Van Helsing will have a cool weapon, a boomerang-like disk, that can be adjusted to finish off various monsters, it has silver blades, holy water, etc.
The monsters look all in all pretty big and not very old-fashioned at all, they actually are bigger than life versions of the monsters we used to see in the old films. Now I guess it all depends on how they will put that on film, becuase they just showed the storyboards and some miniature figures. Sommers said that this definitely is his biggest project yet and that he won't dissapoint the audience.


[04.12.2002] AICN meldet, dass die Besetzung komplett ist und hat erste Detail-Infos...


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