Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci have been around the industry for over a decade, and their box office clout just keeps growing. They got their start in the world of TV, working on shows like Xena, Jack of All Trades (RIP, you amazing show), and Alias before really carving out a big screen presence with scripting duties on Mission: Impossible III and Transformers. Since then they've been involved in an impressive number of high-profile TV (Hawaii Five-O, Fringe) and movie projects (Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens) for a variety of different studios, but now Variety tells us the in-demand pair have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which means for the next two years, Universal gets to call dibs on anything the pair cook up.
And according to Variety, the pair already have two projects brewing at the studio. They're going to help reboot Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise starring and producing.
Yes, you read that right. The studio thinks it's a grand idea to revisit the famous fictional monster slayer, because apparently they think no one remembers the 2004 Stephen Sommers, Hugh Jackman version and its cartoonish spread of crappy CGI antics. Tom Cruise has actually been wanting to get the movie made for years (again, we wonder why), and now with Kurtzman and Orci on board, its chances of getting the green light just got much, much better.
The second project the pair will be offering their insights to is Universal's recently announced reboot of The Mummy, written by Jon Spaihts and produced by Sean Daniel, who also oversaw the first three Stephen Sommers Mummy movies. There's not a lot of detail on the project, except Variety says they'll be developing and producing modern reimaginings of several of the studio's titles, so presumably The Mummy will be getting a contemporary time period upgrade.
But what say you? Are we being too cynical about a Van Helsing remake? Or does this sound like a waste of time to you, too, and you'd rather see the pair use this first-look deal to cook up some wholly original projects?