Kurtzman & Orci Get New 'Mummy' and 'Van Helsing' with Tom Cruise
If you've been paying attention to the blockbuster film scene over the past few years, you're probably familiar with the names Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The writer/producers have worked on high-profile projects like Star Trek and Transformers, and now Deadline reports the duo have signed a two-year first look deal with Universal Pictures. They're wasting no time getting started, as they've just announced their first two projects for the studio. First will be the reboot of The Mummy with Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts, and then a newly-announced reboot of Van Helsing with Tom Cruise set to lead it.
The Cruise connection makes sense for Van Helsing on a business level considering Kurtzman and Orci just rewrote Doug Liman's All You Need Is Kill, the action flick Cruise stars in alongside Emily Blunt. But it will certainly be a change of pace to see the iconic actor (who hasn't been in a period film since 2008's Valkyrie and The Last Samurai before that in 2003) take over for Hugh Jackman as the vampire-hunting Van Helsing, especially since Cruise himself played a famous blood-sucker in 1994's Interview With The Vampire. Talk about irony.
As far as The Mummy goes, if Universal insists on rebooting this franchise, I think these guys are the ones to do it. I feel like they've had more hits than misses in their careers, and they consistently produce entertaining blockbusters that are great popcorn films. They haven't gotten caught up in the "gritty reboot" craze that seems to have swept Hollywood post-Batman Begins, and instead they always remember to make having fun the top priority (which, admittedly, is sometimes to the detriment of the overall quality of the film). Regardless, I'm excited to see their approach to The Mummy, especially working alongside Spaihts, a writer on the rise after what looks to be an outstanding effort on Prometheus. Thoughts?