While John Logan continues work on the next James Bond film, or maybe two, he’s just minted a deal to script a TV drama about vampire hunting. The USP here is that the hunters are various famous characters from gothic horror literature. Deadline name Van Helsing but also Doctor Frankenstein as being amongst the characters.
The script has been sent out the swankier cable networks with Logan’s Bond buddy Sam Mendes attached to direct. The project seems to be a pilot, rather than a standalone, and is described as “an origin story.”
Not to put too fine a point on it, Mendes and Logan did a superb job together with Skyfall and I’d like to think they could pull it off again. The premise of this show hardly sounds like a shocking bolt out of the blue of originality, but then “British spy avenges an attack on his country and fights off a threat from a total wingnut” isn’t really a paradigm of unpredictability.
This is the right week for Mendes and Logan to be shopping anything around. Expect a sale to happen quickly.
Incidentally, Tom Cruise is currently at work on a new Van Helsing movie. In the latest issue of Total Film he invokes the name of An American Werewolf in London and discusses how hard it is proving to nail the tone, and several of the details.
We’re figuring [Van Helsing] out. Do we make a horror comedy, character comedy? What time period? Look, I’m not saying Van Helsing will be [like it] tonally… but I’ll never forget seeing An American Werewolf in London on a Friday night. It was a 7 O’Clock showing in Westwood, and it was like ‘C’mon, this movie’s incredible!
Seems like they’re still quite wobbly on that one, giving Team Skyfall the edge.