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Tom Cruise to star in and produce new Van Helsing film

Brad McHargue

May 1st, 2012

Image of Hugh Jackman from Van Helsin

I think I'm one of the few people who didn't outright hate the Stephen Sommers-directed VAN HELSING, starring Hugh Jackman and a host of attractive women wearing corsets while the Duke from MOULIN ROUGE! (Richard Roxborough) paraded around with a goofy accent. It was stupid, yes, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Apparently Hollywood thinks we need another movie starring the eponymous vampire hunter, only this time it will star Tom Cruise.

According to Variety, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have signed a two-year, first-look production deal with Universal Pictures to "produce a modern re-imagining of Universal library titles including THE MUMMY...and VAN HELSING."

Speaking of the partnership, the duo had this to say:

"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."

Reboots and re-imaginings are inevitable, but it's been 8 years since VAN HELSING came out, and you would think that it being a critical flop would deter people from trying again. If it DOES happen, then I definitely don't see Tom Cruise as helping, not because he's a bad actor, but because, come on... it's Tom Cruise. Here's hoping they make it very dark and very violent.

Source Variety

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