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Remember 2004's 'Van Helsing?' Sure you do, it was that awful Hugh Jackman movie featuring bad incarnations of the Universal Monsters that served to remind us all how good 'The Monster Squad' really was. Suffice to say, 'Van Helsing' fell well short of quality. Lo and behold, instead of leaving well enough alone, Universal is giving it a second try. They have set in motion a new Van Helsing movie starring Tom Cruise as the literary vampire slayer turned cinematic indiscriminate monster hunter. The new 'Van Helsing' was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Star Trek'), but who to direct such a risky endeavor? Evidently, the director they are currently talking to is Rupert Sanders ('Snow White and the Huntsman'), though it should be stressed that the discussion is in the very early stages.
Ok, but can you do it right this time? I'm not at all against the idea of taking Bram Stoker's classic vamp killer and extrapolating his skills to apply to all manner of supernatural baddie. However, the silly, poorly-written, substance free version of that concept that we got back in 2004 needs to be viewed as the antithesis of this new project if its going to succeed. My hope with the potential hiring of Rupert Sanders is that he's able to apply some of that fairy tale revisionism from 'Snow White and the Huntsman'to all the iconic monsters, the majority of whom were born of literature themselves. Sanders was able to find some dark subtext to his beautiful fantasy world, which instills at least some confidence that he could take on this project. My hope is that Sanders will bring a bit more of the Peter Cushing quality back to the character. Now as to whether Tom Cruise should be playing Van Helsing...that's an entirely separate discussion.
What do you guys think? Could you see yourselves getting excited for a new 'Van Helsing?' Is Sanders the right choice to direct?