Once upon a time Universal and Legendary Pictures toyed with the idea of teaming up Dracula with Van Helsing in a Dracula Untold sequel. Unfortunately it was cancelled. But why?Throughout the history of cinema there have been periods when a certain sub genre of films completely dominates the box office. We are experiencing it at the moment with the constant barrage of superhero movies but lets not forget how massively popular the action flicks were in the 80s, or even better how much of a cultural revolution monster movies were during the 50s.
Cinematic landmarks like the works of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff have become icons of the film medium which might be why from time to time theres been a push to resurrect the classic style of creature features that haunted the nightmares of our grandparents.That was the core idea behind Universals now defunct Dark Universe an answer to the extremely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe with classic monsters instead of superheroes. On paper it sounded like a great idea but fans thought otherwise and even the first film in the series failed to live up to Universals ambitions.
Dracula Untold presented audiences with a much more relatable version of the classic blood-drinking Count. In an effort to redeem him this Dracula had a tragic story that turned him into one of the Dark Universes many planned horror antiheroes. Despite the early failure of the Dark Universe Universal already had plans for a Dracula Untold sequel one that would take the immortal character to the modern era and form an uneasy alliance with one of his most famously sworn enemies Abraham Van Helsing.