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Tom Cruise’s Next Mission: Replacing Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing Reboot!

Tom Cruise's Next Mission: Replacing Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing Reboot!

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Tom  Cruise has some big shoes to fill. Some big, thickly accented,  monster-hunting shoes.

Universal announced this week that the A-lister is attached to take the lead  in a reboot of the previously Hugh  Jackman-starring Van Helsing, which is one of several  films on the studio’s production slate. Thanks to his foray into Anne  Rice territory, Cruise is no stranger to a big-screen bloodsucker, but  going from vampire to vampire slayer? Now that’s range.

This time around, to ensure that Cruise’s incarnation fares better than  Jackman’s, the gothic reimagining is bringing in the big guns, enlisting the  help of a couple of guys who know a thing or two about franchises.

The reboot came about as a result of a two-year production deal Universal signed with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, two names eminently familiar to movie enthusiasts.

The writing team is not only the brain trust behind the forthcoming Star Trek 2, but also Transformers and Mission Impossible: III, where they  previously teamed with Cruise. The dynamic duo was also recently brought in by  Sony to give a once-over to the script for the sequel to The Amazing  Spider-Man.

In other words, they know what they’re doing. Which is good news for their Van Helsing cohorts, Cruise included: While Jackman’s stab at the  slayer grossed more than $300 million worldwide, it wasn’t exactly heralded as a  creative masterpiece.

Show us what you can do,  gentlemen.

 

 

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