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'Van Helsing' reboot will be 'grounded in reality,' says Alex Kurtzman
It's been known for some time that "Transformers" and "Star Trek" co-scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached to produce a reboot of "Van Helsing" at Universal with Tom Cruise as the monster-hunter.
While details about the film are still scarce, Kurtzman revealed what type of tone they're hoping to nail for the project.
"I actually think there’s so much more opportunity in the story than what has been put on screen before," he explained to Crave Online. "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 "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."
The writer-producer imagines a darker, more realistic take on the classic character -- while still allowing room for supernatural occurrences. "I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then," he continued. "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. That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on 'Star Trek.' 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.'"