HELSING SEQUEL READY?
According to a scooper for Aint it Cool, disappointing flicks can still spawn sequels reporting that ?For those who alrady hate 'Van Helsing'...Make 'em read this! this month Italian cine-magazine 'Ciak' reported an interesting dossier on the upcoming movie 'Van Helsing', whose release date in Italy is on May the 7th, like in the U.S.A. Well, the magazine said that producers of the film are currently still paying a rent for the studios in Prague, because if 'Van Helsing' will do well at the box office in the first week-end of release, the production of a second movie will beging immediately (Jackman is under contract for a sequel...). 'Ciak' went on stating that the new monsters that are going to perform in this new version are the Fish-Man from 'Creature of the Black Lagoon' and the Invisible Man: the article says that Sommers had already 'signed on' the Fish-Man for a cameo appearance in the original draft of 'Van Helsing'.... ...Interesting...?
It would be interesting to know what Jackman thinks of the film now that it?s got all its sfx and coating on it. After all, there wouldn?t have been much to see come the end of the day?s dailies. According to FilmForce, Jackman enjoyed it. 'I was very nervous before seeing this film because I knew how much work we had to do in marketing,' said Jackman. 'And I loved it! I thought it was great! I felt this whole weight come off my shoulders because, coming into these things, if you don't really love a film its ulcer inducing.'
Funnily enough, Jackman nor Beckinsale didn?t mention anything of the sequel yet, but did mention some of the other projects they?d be doing :
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about the Aronofsky film and what you're to be doing?
JACKMAN: Next I'm doing a movie called The Fountain with Darren Aronofsky. So, you know Darren's work. I'd kind of had it in my head that that's what I would have done something like that say, straight after X-Men. But you know, the cards fall when they fall. The film is called The Fountain. I play three characters, and it's basically about the search for the Fountain of Youth. And it's really extraordinary. I think Darren could become, in the final analysis, another Kubrick. I think he's an amazing director, and he's written a script that is just phenomenal. I'm honored to be a part of it. I really am very excited about it.
Q: This is probably reaching a point of gothic exhaustion for you, but I was wondering if you could say something the Underworld sequel.
BECKINSALE: Well, were I not marrying to the director, I'm not sure I'd know anything about the Underworld sequel. (Jackman laughs) I know there is a lot of furtive reading of scripts in the bathroom while I'm supposedly doing something else. But, I'm thinking of icing it, but I don't know if they'll want to get me involved I might freak out about something. (Laughs) Like Hugh had said earlier, he'd never read a first draft before. And I had noticed that this script was under lock and key at the moment. So, I know that they're definitely talking about it; which would be very fun.
Q: And Hugh, what about X-Men 3?
JACKMAN: I think X-Men 3 is... I think they're only in discussions for that. I know they're in discussions. They're trying to work out schedules and things like that. But there's no script yet.
Q: Are you in discussions for James Bond, by any chance?
JACKMAN: No, I'm just starting rumors about that. That's all. (Laughs) I actually think I did start that rumor?
BECKINSALE: Did you?
JACKMAN: I think so. I facetiously got a mention in and all of a sudden, particularly in Australia, it's gospel.
Q: Does this mean there's no truth to it whatsoever, or would you like it to come true?
JACKMAN: Well, there's always that fantasy in every boy. I mean, I'm pretty sure there isn't a man here who wouldn't love to play Bond one day. But there's nothing official that I can tell you about it. I mean, they've made me no offer.
Courtesy of MovieHole