Looks like Hollywood’s ubiquitous duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are at it again. The screenwriters/producers of TV (“Fringe”, “Hawaii Five-0”) and movies (“Star Trek” and “Transformers”, to name just two franchise with their names all over them) have signed an exclusive two-year first-look production deal with Universal, which will find them “re-imagining” the studio’s “The Mummy” franchise and crafting a new franchise based on monster hunter Van Helsing, this time with none other than Tom Cruise attached to star and co-produce.
“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tentpole films,” Fogelson and Langley said in a joint statement. “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.”
“We’re thrilled to call Universal Pictures our home,” said Kurtzman and Orci. “From the moment we sat down with Adam, Donna, Peter, Jeff and the entire Uni team, there was an instant flow of inspired ideas. They really understand the importance of building a strong creative team and giving our shared projects their full support. We’re proud to start making movies that will live as part of Universal’s enduring legacy.”
2008 saw the last “Mummy” film reach the big screen, while “Van Helsing” (starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale) hacked away at vamps in 2004.
Kurtz and Orci were recently attached to write the second “Spider-Man” reboot, and are previously doing a draft on the sci-fi actioner “All You Need is Kill”, also starring Cruise. Like I said, busy, busy beavers, these two…