Some two decades after he played the vampire Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, Tom Cruise is apparently thinking about stepping into the shoes of the most famous vampire hunter of all, Bram Stoker’s Van Helsing. Universal has been looking to set up a new take on the character ever since Stephen Sommers’ 2004 film starring Hugh Jackman drew the ire of both fans and critics alike. Now they are turning to Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the tried and true screenwriting team behind such box office hits as Transformers and Star Trek, in order to make it a reality. The project is part of a new two-year first-look deal that they just signed with Universal — this despite the fact that their last big movie Cowboys & Aliens was a pretty major flop.
According to Variety, Kurtzman and Orci will develop and produce the new Van Helsing film with Tom Cruise currently on board as both a producer and a star. The project makes sense in a way, because Stephen Sommers was originally handed Van Helsing after directing The Mummy and The Mummy Returns for Universal in the early 2000s, and Kurtzman and Orci are now involved as producers on their new reboot of The Mummy. Guillermo Del Toro was also previously attached to this new Van Helsing project back in 2010, which apparently led to him recruiting Tom Cruise for At The Mountains of Madness (even though it never received a greenlight).
Kurtzman and Orci were also recently hired to rewrite The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Clearly they are now the go to guys when you want a guaranteed blockbuster, which is ironic considering that the writing is usually one of the weakest parts of their most successful projects. Are you a fan of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s films? Are you interested in seeing Tom Cruise play Van Helsing, and who would you like to see direct?