Tom Cruise Becomes ‘Van Helsing,’ ‘The Mummy’s Continued Revival!

Universal Pictures today announced the studio has signed a two-year first-look production deal with one of the leading writing/producing teams in the entertainment industry, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and their K/O Paper Products banner. The duo will kick off their new relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio’s library including Van Helsing and The Mummy.

Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products will develop and produce a modern reimagining of Universal library titles including The Mummy, alongside producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts. The pair will also develop and produce Universal’s reimagined Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in and produce the film.

Kurtzman and Orci have collaborated with some of the industry’s top creative minds including J.J. Abrams, with whom they wrote the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which grossed nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. In 2007, they wrote Transformers and went on to write Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. Together, those films grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. More recently, the pair wrote and executive produced 2009′s Star Trek, which grossed more than $385 million worldwide.

Kurtzman and Orci’s upcoming projects include writing Sony’s next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man. The pair most recently rewrote All You Need Is Kill for Warner Bros., with Tom Cruise attached to star, Doug Liman to direct and Erwin Stoff to produce.

  • Mr_Darko

    Just watched half of Van Helsing the other day. It was the 8th or so time, and is one of my favourites, regardless of the hate. Not stoked on Tom Cruise, but we’ll see where it goes.

  • edrew_7

    I like Tom Cruise as an actor. The Mission: Impossible movies are awesome. However, I can’t really see him in the role of Van Helsing. I prefer Hugh Jackman. But we’ll see what happens. If J.J. Abrams ends up getting involved, it will be great regardless of who’s in it.

  • Mr_Darko

    Who J.J. Abrams is rumored! Awesome.

  • Joe-Banger

    I coulld’nt get into Van Helsing, bad acting and bad film. Tom cruise playing him is an even worse idea! I never read The Vampire Chronicles and I still did not like his Le stat. Anthony Hopkins played the best Van Helsing so far.

  • Evil_Flip

    Lol, I freaking hate remakes, but this is a remake I’d like to see (since I love the whole House of frankenstein idea) but casting Cruise a VanHelsing!? that’s hilariously terrible. Next one on my list is a remake of Don’t go near the park (again terrible movie, interresting idea) so I guess it that ever happens it’ll be starring Vin Diesel.