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Orci and Kurtzman To Approach ‘Van Helsing’ Remake Like ‘The Dark Knight’

Producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently spoke to Crave about the forthcoming Van Helsing, which is (no shock) a reboot.

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,” they explain. “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.

The duo aren’t saying that the original was a parody, but they’re correct in stating that it feels like it. The hammy nature of Universal’s 2004 film, directed by Stephen Somers, is as cheeseball filled as they come. Approaching the franchise from a real place begins with the script and ends with the effects work. Hopefully they can work together and deliver a epic creature feature that we deserve?



  • djblack1313

    you mean they want to make it bland and boring? lol. i’m not at all a Nolan/TDK fan but i’m all for redoing VAN HELSING.

  • They arent talking a movie,or Hugh Jackman when they used the word “parody”. If you re-read Its how they felt about Anthony Hopkins role as the aged Van Helsing in Drcula(1990)…which is absurd, Especially when the only thing the ambiguously gay duo has to say about Hugh Jackman’s Van Helsing was that it was “in a different place as well”

  • EvilHead1981

    It disturbs me when every people stress the word “grounded”. You can’t ground every movie. The reason why it worked in Batman was because you can strip away the more grand and fantasy elements and still have a realistic crime drama with masked vigilante. That’s something that CAN be done with Batman. Other properties that rely MORE on fantasy elements, you can’t ground in reality less you strip them off everything that makes them important. And if you include fantasy elements, it ceases from being grounded. Though, to me, it’s just a overplayed trend that needs to be put to rest. It was good in the beginning, but once it resonated, everybody and their mothers were out to make “grounded” and “gritty” movies just for the sake of sakes(to appeal to those who liked the original ones). It’s no different than those trend hoppers that constantly change trend and like on a dime, saying, “Look at me, I’m cool because I love the new trend!”. People who, in the 80s, strived to make their hair as big as possible, because back then, it was cool, then abandoned it for the grunge look in the 90s, just because THAT was cool. Now, they are into whatever is “in” and scoff at their past choices, even claiming, “Oh, I never really liked it in the first place. This CURRENT trend is what I ALWAYS wanted!!”. Urgh!

  • superchopper

    How to make a stupid movie you are rebooting sound cool?

    “It’s going to be like Dark Knight.”

    Come the fuck on! How many times do we hear this exact same thing? How is it going to be like Dark Knight? Is it going to be written by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan? Is Christopher Nolan directing it?



  • zafisher94

    they lost credibility to me when they said Hopkins’ portrayal of Van Helsing was a parody.

  • mav07

    this reminds me of when that idiot, directed the “Nightmare” remake and kept saying how it was going to be more “real and darker than the original”……………………….it’s a story about a guy who KILLS PEOPLE IN THE’RE DREAMS!……………….

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