Universal are currently putting together a shared horror universe based on all the old monsters in their repertoire, which I'm pretty jazzed for actually. This is a studio getting behind horror in a massive way, with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe set to star in the first film in the series, The Mummy, next year.
We are expecting monsters like the Wolfman, Frankenstien's monster, Dracula and the Invisible Man to show up, but there is another member of the Universal team who might have a lot of fun hunting all of them down. Eric Heisserer is writing the film adaption of Van Helsing at the moment, and in a talk with CinemaBlend, the writer said that for the moment, the plan is for the character to be part of the universe. He said:
It is right now. This is early in the process, and it's evolutionary. I don't know if that's going to stay that way. But right now there is an absolute… there's some cartilage that links it to other pieces, like The Mummy.
I think Van Helsing would make too much sense not to use in this universe, so this is good to see. Still, good to know plans are currently in place.