Alex Kurtzman is a busy man. In addition to writing just about every tentpole genre film with his partner Roberto Orci including the recently wrapped Star Trek 2, his directorial debut People Like Us bows this weekend. While talking to Crave Online about the very personal film, he was asked a few questions about his recently announced plans to work on a Van Helsing movie for Universal Pictures.
Kurtzman clarified that the new movie will have nothing to do with any previous incarnations of the vampire hunter, who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula and who has since taken on a life of his own in movies, television shows, comic books and video games. “I really like the character,” Kurtzman said. “I actually think there’s so much more opportunity in the story than what has been put on screen before.”
He went on to compare the idea he and Orci are working on and how it differs from some of the more recent screen incarnations.
“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,” Kurtzman said. “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. 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.”
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