Van Helsing: The Making of the Legend

Van Helsing: The Making of the Legend

by Steven Sommers
     
 

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From the maker of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the long-awaited movie from Universal Pictures (May 2004) starring Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter born in the pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stephen Sommers, the visionary filmmaker who revived Universal's classic Mummy character in the massive blockbusters The

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From the maker of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, the long-awaited movie from Universal Pictures (May 2004) starring Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter born in the pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stephen Sommers, the visionary filmmaker who revived Universal's classic Mummy character in the massive blockbusters The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, breathes new life into the most time-honored pantheon of classic Universal monsters: Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man. In Van Helsing, Sommers infuses these screen legends with dimension, characterization and technological wonder in a way that honors their legacy and propels them into the next generation of cinema.

Set in the late 19th century, the film finds fabled monster hunter Van Helsing summoned to a distant European land on a quest to vanquish evil. Starring Hugh Jackman (X2) as Van Helsing and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor) as valiant Anna Valerious, and with awe-inspiring digital effects from Industrial Light & Magic, Van Helsing will thrill moviegoers as they are introduced to worlds never before imagined.

In addition to the complete screenplay, this spectacular Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook features over 150 full-color illustrations, including movie stills, creature and costume sketches, set designs, and special visual effects stills. Sidebars include interviews with the film's cast and crew, and details on the sweeping locations used to create Van Helsing's visionary supernatural world, spanning from 19th century London, Rome, and Paris to Transylvania. 150 color illustrations.

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Library Journal
Writer/director Sommers put an Indiana Jones twist on the horror genre with The Mummy series. In May, he's tackling another horror legend, Bram Stoker's vampire hunter Van Helsing. The film stars Hugh Jackman, who stole both X-Men films as the edgy mutant Wolverine and currently is wowing audiences in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz. With a hot star, top visual effects, killer costumes, and cool props, this is almost sure to be a hit. Both the hardcover and paperback editions feature the full script plus 150 color illustrations. Sweet! Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557046284
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2004
Series:
Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Sommers directed and wrote the screenplays for The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

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