Last month Universal Pictures revealed that they would be rebooting Van Helsing with actor/producer Tom Cruise and writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. I didn't care at all for the Stephen Sommers version of Van Helsing, so whatever this reboot ends up being, it can't be any worse that that.
There's not much known about the project other than what we already know of the character, but Kurtzman recently did an interview with CraveOnline and discussed it a little bit saying,
Well, I don’t want to give away too much, because we are actually at the very beginning of talking about what to do with it. But I do feel like the Van Helsing that Anthony Hopkins plays in [Bram Stoker’s] Dracula is sort of the parody version of it, and the Van Helsing that Hugh Jackman played was obviously in a different place as well. I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then. You know, The Dark Knight was a major, major corner-turning moment in the way that genre and superhero stories could be told. Really grounded in reality. Really grounded in really cool things. That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it “real.” That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing.
It's crazy to see how influential The Dark Knight is in the movie business. We see people talk about it time and time again when they talk about the tone they want for their films. Van Helsing is a very interesting character, and it will be fun to see a new version of him on the big screen. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the last Van Helsing movie, but there's is a whole new team of creative talent involved with the reboot, and I can't help but be curious about what they're cooking up.
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