New Van Helsing movie a complete reboot

News Simon Brew
27 Jun 2012 - 06:37

The big screen reboot of Van Helsing is starting over, and taking influence from The Dark Knight...

We don't have particularly fond memories of Van Helsing, a film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Hugh Jackman, It's become a cliche of late, perhaps, but it was one of the first films where it felt like we were watching someone else play a computer game, without ever inviting us to have a go.

It did okay at the box office, but was an expensive film to make, and thus sequels did not follow. In fact, it was assumed that the cinematic adventures of the monster hunter Van Helsing were all but dead, until word appeared last month that a new take was on the cards.

The new version? Well, it was set to star Tom Cruise, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing. And Kurtzman has now had a chat with Crave Online to clarify the project. Whilst playing his cards close to his chest, Kurtzman revealed that "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".

So where will the new Van Helsing fit in? Well, "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".

First job, then, is to get a screenplay together, so we're still a few years away from the new Van Helsing appearing. Kurtzman and Orci, incidentally, are also working on a reboot of The Mummy, too (another franchise with Stephen Sommers' work in it).

Crave Online.

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