Despite fan trepidation about their track record, the screenwriting duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are still pretty popular in the halls of the major studios. To wit, the recent announcement that Kurtzman and Orci were not only tackling a reboot of The Mummy franchise, but were going to oversee a reboot of 2004’s Van Helsing as well. It is on the subject of the latter that Kurtzman recently spoke to CraveOnline:
“Well, I don’t want to give away too much, because we are actually at the very beginning of talking about what to do with it. But 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. I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then. You know, 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. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it “real.” That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing.”
I’m not sure how you keep a fantasy movie about vampires, monsters and wolfmen “real,” but I’d like to see them give it a try. Lord knows that the first Val Helsing was a steaming pile that could have easily been improved if someone had read the script in advanced and realized that it was an incoherent mess with zero engaging characters but was still so self-assured of its own, non-existent cleverness. Good luck with that Kurtzman!
Source: Coming Soon