Universal Studios Monsters and "Van Helsing"!
JAKKS Pacific announced today that the Company has signed a master toy license with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group for Universal Pictures' upcoming theatrical release, "Van Helsing." In addition, JAKKS has also signed the master toy license for Universal Studios Monsters.
"Van Helsing," the upcoming action-adventure feature film from writer-director Stephen Sommers, ("The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns") is currently in production starring Hugh Jackman ("X-Men," "Swordfish," "Kate & Leopold") and Kate Beckinsale ("Pearl Harbor") and is slated for a May 7, 2004 release.
The category rights granted for "Van Helsing" include action figures, accessories, playsets, vehicles, activity toys, compounds, Tongue Tape candy, slumber bags, lunch kits and backpacks. JAKKS plans to begin showing product for the properties at the Fall Mass Market Expo in New York and expects to have product hit retail shelves by Spring 2004.
About "Van Helsing"
Set in the late 19th century, Sommers' screenplay finds Bram Stoker's fabled monster hunter, Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), summoned to a distant Eastern European land on a quest to vanquish evil. Now, for the first time since the 1940s, Universal's greatest classic monsters -- Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and The Wolf Man -- return to the screen as complex, multi-dimensional beings re-imagined by writer-director Sommers. The Van Helsing character first appeared onscreen in the seminal 1931 Universal classic "Dracula" and has since appeared in hundreds of motion picture and theatrical adaptations of Stoker's novel.