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).

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Rebooting The Mummy, too? I know this is becoming a cliche (mainly as it's true in many cases), but can they not think of any new ideas?

Van Helsing grounded in reality?

I wish they'd go more for the Edward Van Sloan/Peter Cushing feel, as opposed to Hugh Jackman with his black crossbow and shiny hair.

Nothing can be worse than the previous VH film with it's terrible dialogue (the phrase 'I've never seen the sea' is still used mockingly even today in our house).

I remember in the credits the director dedicated it to his father. All I could imagine is that his father used to beat him or something to have such a awful film dedicated to him.

I wouldn't care if it was Sooty playing Van Helsing, it *has* to be a step up from the last attempt.

Have you seen Robocop 3? Thats worse than Van Helsing lol
ANyways, I agree. They will really need to try hard to make it worse than the first one. I wish we can see a more fantasy feel/dark, something like Black Death crude medieval feel. With some gothic into it.

Van Helsing was a great idea (basically Castlevania: The Movie) done completely wrong. Thus, it's the kind of thing they should reboot. (failed good ideas)

That said, I'm tired of the "Dark Knight" approach. Why does everything have to be "gritty dark and realistic?" Also how do you make a gritty dark Van Helsing without going R rated?

To be honest, I'd rather see them do a take on Castlevania; I'm aware it could go horribly wrong, but then so did Van Helsing, and Castlevania has more than enough elements to pull a decent movie from.

Has anyone else noted something a little worrying......reboot the Mummy! are you mad! leave those films alone they are fantastic as they are! stop rebooting everything and make new stuff!

I think it's time they rebooted The Scorpion King.

waiting for van halsing -2 ... hugh jacksman is perfect for this .... Bangladesh

I love VH and I have been waiting for a second movie but now... I don't know what to think. Based on reality? How can anyone base a vampire movie on reality? - When there are werewolves, vampire, zombies and other creatures that are not real. America reboots everything - I would not be surprised if they wanted to reboot LOTR - now that would be disaster.

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