Guillermo Del Toro was all set to direct a new take on vampire hunter Van Helsing in 2010, something which Stephen Sommers didn’t quite get right in his 2004 outing with Hugh Jackman. Tom Cruise was set to star in the reboot but it all came to nothing. Two years later and Del Toro has departed but Cruise is still down for the lead role and will also act as the film’s producer.
The film is part of a new deal between Universal and writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products production company. They should be becoming something of a household name these days having writen Mission: Impossible III, the first two Transformers films and both Star Trek films. They’ve already been given the go ahead to reboot The Mummy which already has Prometheus scribe John Spaihts writing the new script.
“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tent pole films,” Universal’s Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said in a joint statement which Deadline reports. “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.”
It’s news that’s bound to divide fans as the pair’s writing has come under quite a bit of critical flak (notably for Transformers and Cowboys & Aliens). What’s not in doubt is their ability to pull in big box office returns and that’s probably the motivational force behind Universal signing them. And that’s not all, last week, it was announced that they’ve been hired to write the script to Amazing Spider-Man 2.