Kurtzman and Orci to Produce <i>Van Helsing</i> and <i>The Mummy</i>

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.

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