Alex Kurtzman Talks Van Helsing Reboot
Producer speaks about various versions of character, and where he wants to take the tone.
In further reboot news today, Crave Online have gotten hold of Alex Kurtzman, who along with writing/producing partner Roberto Orci is behind the upcoming do-over of Van Helsing.
The last stab at Van Helsing was the Hugh Jackman starring version from 2004, directed by Stephen Sommers. It was no great shakes, and so Universal have decided to press on with a new version, as per their usual MO.
Kurtzman said ; “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.”
We have to wonder what the pair are planning with the character, as the two incarnations mentioned above can’t really be more different. It would seem that this will be a fairly unique take on Van Helsing. For our two cents, we’d like to see The Dark Knight’s gritty darkness infused with the gothic tone of the original novel, and are intrigued to see what the Star Trek writers can come up with.