Van Helsing! The Mummy! Orci teases Marvel-esque universe of monster movies

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Oct 18, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

We heard a while back that Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were remaking Van Helsing and The Mummy — but it sounds like they have a lot more than just a reboot in the works.

Orci chatted with IGN about the projects, and teased they could be eyeing a full-fledged “connected universe” developed from Universal’s archive of classic monster movies. For those keeping score, that includes the Wolfman, Dracula, the Mummy, Van Helsing, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Creature From the Black Lagoon and a few others.

Here’s what Orci had to say about the plan:

“There's an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. Van Helsing, and we're also producing The Mummy for them. We're kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don't want to just make remakes when you're doing a thing, unless it's worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It's not going to be just a remake.”

Now, that’s definitely an intriguing idea -- but you have to wonder if these monster-filled classics are truly conducive to the shared-universe approach. If it’s not done right, you’d be looking at a full-fledged easter egg factory. Hmm.

What do you think? Could this actually be a good idea? 

(Via Coming Soon)