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Kurtzman and Orci to Produce Van Helsing and The Mummy

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are Hollywood’s go-to guys when it comes to genre films, especially adaptations. The duo started off writing together on TV shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journey and Alias, where they met J.J. Abrams, who would eventually ask them to write his directorial debut Mission: Impossible III and later Star Trek. They also wrote Michael Bay-directed movies like The Island and the first two Transformers flicks.

Now, they have their own banner called K/O Paper Products which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has just signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Part of the agreement involves taking a crack at a pair of longstanding Universal properties: The Mummy and Van Helsing. The Mummy script will apparently set the iconic series in modern times, while Van Helsing is supposedly the same project that Tom Cruise is attached to star in and Guillermo del Toro talked about directing at one point. Maybe one of their old pals Bay or Abrams will be around when those films finally do go into production.


  • AdamH12110

    Van Helsing?  Seriously?  Well, hopefully it’ll be better than the last one.

  • RunnerX13

    I’m starting to dislike these two more and more.

  • AdamH12110

    Well, as a Universal Monsters fan, I thought the primary things lost were the personalities of the monsters and sense of tragedy that goes with them.  That’s what makes the Universal Monsters stand out.  For example, I didn’t feel as bad for Velkan Valerious being the a Wolf Man compared to someone like Larry Talbot in the original movie.  Also, whatever darkness was in Frankenstein was lost.  There are two ways to do the Frankenstein’s monster that work.  a childlike mind stuck in the body of a super-strong giant or intelligent, well-read, powerful and tortured.  Their monster was kind of a creampuff.

  • Mayes Dale

    I have a idea that i want to share with Alex Kurtzman and have him pass this off to Len Wiseman. A videogame to be a movie with Tom Welling as made person. A Scifi that is dark entertaining, and deep.