May 1, 2012

Kurtzman/Orci Tapped By Universal For 'MUMMY' And 'VAN HELSING' Reboots, Tom Cruise Could Play Helsing

It looks like Universal really believes in the writing power of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci even after the disastrous Cowboys And Aliens. Deadline reports the two have been given a first-look deal giving them the chance to contribute to any projects that the studio for the next two years. The writing duo has had massive success with films like Star Trek, The Island and Transformers. They were recently tasked by Sony to start rewrites on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and will likely end up writing Star Trek 3 for Paramount eventually. The first projects they've been tasked by the studio to write include horror reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing. The Mummy reboot already has Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) working on the script but it looks like they're moving forward with rewrites, a good sign it's a priority.

Originally, Universal had Guillermo del Toro set to write, direct and produce a new gritty horror take on Van Helsing. The legendary nemesis of Count Dracula who has been played by iconic actors like Peter Cushing and Anthony Hopkins. It was the studio's hope to erase the horrible Van Helsing film from Stephen Sommers (who also made two Mummy films). Tom Cruise had been attached for the Helsing role back when Guillermo was going to direct. It seems that Cruise is still wanted for the role. The only thing is that he has All You Need Is Kill, Top Gun 2 and Mission: Impossible 5 likely to go into production first.

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