Tom Cruise Van Helsing Will Have Dark Knight Vibe
Universal‘s new film version of Van Helsing – starring and co-produced by Tom Cruise – will have a totally different feel to the campy Hugh Jackman/Stephen Sommers movie, promises producer Alex Kutrzman.
Kurtzman, who will be writing and producing alongside long time partner Roberto Orci (their other credits include Fringe, Star Trek and Transformers) spoke to Crave Online about the project:
“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.”