Kurtzman and Orci Tapped to Reboot The Mummy and Van Helsing for Universal

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto OrciLooks 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…

Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing (2004) Movie Image

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    UGH! Cruise as Van Helsing? Good lord no. I just can’t see him doing a period piece. Here’s the thing with both of these. They have to go the opposite of what they did before. They have to take them fully seriousloy. They should be played as action horror. Sure a one liner here and a humorous moment there are necesarry, but make sure they’re not just for teh sake of laughs. Iloved the first two Mummy films and even the Scorpion King spin-off. The third was kinda like “WHAT?” but I didn’t hate it. “Van Helsing” I think I’m one of the few people that enjoyed that film. Maybe cause I knew it was from Sommers and it was in the same veign as “The Mummy” sci-fi/action with comedic moments. What I liked was their takes on the universal monsters. The steampunk Frankenstein’s monster, the rockstar Dracula, and the uber werewolf were cool in my eyes. That said this new one should be about him hunting Dracula or a vampire, but that vampire should have Werewolf body guards, some zombies maybe and maybe even a gillman or something. But take it seriious.

    • Ivette74

      Could you see Tom Cruise as a vampire? I couldn’t and he pulled it off. He can do anything.

  • Juggernaut

    Ugh why? Van Helsing, unless being retooled as a grittier, realistic, Indiana Jones/Bourne Identity vampire hunting hybrid set in the 1800′s would be a waste of time!?!?!? The Mummy. Again? WHY?!

  • Juggernaut

    Ugh why? Van Helsing, unless being retooled as a grittier, realistic, Indiana Jones/Bourne Identity vampire hunting hybrid set in the 1800′s would be a waste of time!?!?!? The Mummy. Again? WHY?!

  • LionHeart

    I wouldn’t mind a new stab (stake?) at Helsing, but Cruise starring inspires no confidence

  • Jose Filion

    Now they are rebooting late 90′s and early 2000′s movies.