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Cruise Attached To Van Helsing Reboot
Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci will produce

02 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Cruise Attached To Van Helsing Reboot

Way back in 2010, Guillermo del Toro became attached to mount a new take on vampire hunter Van Helsing, which would take a different stance on the character than in Stephen Sommers’ misfiring 2004 attempt. While his name floated in rumours at the time, Tom Cruise was supposed to be taking on the lead, but nothing solid materialised. Fast-forward to today, and del Toro is no longer involved, but Cruise is set to star in and produce the new version.

Which means that, assuming it all comes together, Cruise will be Abraham Van Helsing, hunting fanged fiends (and likely other creatures) and possibly hoping this kick-starts another lucrative franchise for him. We're feeling rather open-minded about this: there's no reason in principle that a Van Helsing film should fail, assuming they give it a plot this time.

It’s all been set up as part of a new deal hatched between Universal and writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products production company. The pair, who have worked on Mission: Impossible III, the Transformers franchise and both Star Trek films among others, are being given the keys to both Van Helsing and The Mummy, which has already been announced with Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts on script duty.

“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tent pole films,” Universal’s Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said in a joint statement picked up by Deadline. “They have been a major part of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and television shows in recent history, and we’re eager to have them build on that success at Universal.”

While – as usual – there will be some audience division as to Kurtzman and Orci’s writing (and it’s intriguing that Universal, the home of their one big failure, Cowboys & Aliens, is the studio making the deal), they have a healthy track record as producers for both movies and TV, and we’re pretty sure anything would be an improvement on Sommers’ Van Helsing. They do seem to love working: they were recently hired to write the latest draft of The Amazing Spider-Man sequel...


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No! The first one was a masterpiece!
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I can't see it working, but I'm not going to get upset about it.
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RE: great fun
L: purplegnome 2004 movie great fun kate beckinsale mmmm it was advertised as popcorn movie which is exactly what it was not every film has to be a masterpiece he advertised popcorn but the film was more like shitcorn. More

Posted by jobloffski at 21:51 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: meh...
Poor Stephen Sommers is having his movies replaced left right and centre. First GI Joe, then the Mummy, now this. I say bring it on, though. It was a great concept turned into a pretty average movie- constant action, no depth. Should be good for a franchise, if they do one or two monsters at a time instead of killing them all off in one movie. More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 19:03 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: meh...
Poor Stephen Sommers is having his movies replaced left right and centre. First GI Joe, then the Mummy, now this. I say bring it on, though. It was a great concept turned into a pretty average movie- constant action, no depth. Should be good for a franchise, if they do one or two monsters at a time instead of killing them all off in one movie. More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 19:03 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

meh...
i'm little tired of seeing revamped (no pun intended) movies. the Jackman version was alright... but it's a tad too soon to make another Helsing movie. More

Posted by rosiecotton at 10:21 on 03 May 2012 | Report This Post

Cool!
Now that Cruise is starting to look, shall we say, more mature, this sort of role would seem a good fit. Plenty of action and drama and excitement, but with a take on the character that's more experienced. Cynical, even? Van Helsing, to my mind, should be an antihero and this could be something of a redemption tale. Bit like the Last Samurai, actually, which I personally think is an awesome film. More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:04 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

great fun
2004 movie great fun kate beckinsale mmmm it was advertised as popcorn movie which is exactly what it was not every film has to be a masterpiece More

Posted by purplegnome at 12:51 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Cruisin' For Vampire Bruisin'
L: BenTramer gest howler from the first Van Helsing was when they had a Halloween ball in Romania...they don't celebrate Halloween in Eastern Europe.see Tom Cruise doing this (maybe he could hunt down Stuart Townsend for taking on the role of Lestat in Queen Of The Damned). i]That e biggest howler in the film!?! More

Posted by Brundlesflies at 12:31 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Cruisin' For Vampire Bruisin'
L: BenTramer The biggest howler from the first Van Helsing was when they had a Halloween ball in Romania...they don't celebrate Halloween in Eastern Europe. I can see Tom Cruise doing this (maybe he could hunt down Stuart Townsend for taking on the role of Lestat in Queen Of The Damned). ueen Of The Damned is easily one of the worst films ever made, so I would very much like to see this. More

Posted by UTB at 12:05 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

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I'm with Whistler on this. The Hugh Jackman one was loads of good entertainment with plenty of nods towards all the old films. I'm cool with another one but I'd rather they brought Jackman back.with a better plot. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 11:19 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

I actually quite enjoyed the 2004 Hugh Jackman version, despite all the criticism it gets. More

Posted by Whistler at 11:14 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Cruisin' For Vampire Bruisin'
The biggest howler from the first Van Helsing was when they had a Halloween ball in Romania...they don't celebrate Halloween in Eastern Europe. I can see Tom Cruise doing this (maybe he could hunt down Stuart Townsend for taking on the role of Lestat in Queen Of The Damned). More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:31 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: GcR
L: omgitsgray Funny that he was the vampire in Interview with The Vampire and now he's a killer of vampires. Van Helsing should team up with Abraham Lincoln and Blade and whatever venereal disease that took out Edward bloody Cullen, to make an Expendables style movie about vampire killin'. "Coming back was their first miSTAKE" ...Clever.. ell, I thought so. Need more waiting for something new. More

Posted by huylang at 10:13 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Del Toro! Oh...sorry, not Del Toro...
It's amazing how many cool sounding bits of film news start with the words "Del Toro was once rumoured to..." Still, this intrigues me. Hard as I try not to, I like Tom Cruise. I actually quite enjoyed Knight and Day, mostly because he was so good in it. This could work if written well. Cowboys and Aliens by the way, really not that bad. Just needed more scale I think, perhaps a touch more humour? More

Posted by Mort Grimm at 09:13 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

GcR
Funny that he was the vampire in Interview with The Vampire and now he's a killer of vampires. Van Helsing should team up with Abraham Lincoln and Blade and whatever venereal disease that took out Edward bloody Cullen, to make an Expendables style movie about vampire killin'. "Coming back was their first miSTAKE" ...Clever.. More

Posted by omgitsgray at 08:48 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

And why not
It was only a matter of time, that character has loads of potential. Should be good. More

Posted by mclane1 at 08:19 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

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