No joke, they are actually remaking Van Helsing and Tom Cruise will be playing the starring role as Helsing himself. Seriously, it was actually confirmed earlier this week.
Why do I find this so unbelievable? Because they are remaking the Van Helsing movie that came out in 2004 and starred Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. Tom Cruise will be playing the exact role Hugh played just a few years ago. It seems so ridiculous to do a remake so quickly after the original.
The original, as every werewolf fan knows, featured one of the greatest looking werewolves in movie history. I have lost count of how many times readers have told me how much they loved the wolf of Van Helsing. On top of awesome werewolves, this flick made 300 million at the box office, so the remake is going to have to go above and beyond to even match the original.
According to E! Online, Universal Pictures will reboot the film with Cruise as the title character. This version will be produced by sci-fi fantasy vets Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are best known for writing Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Mission: Impossible III and Cowboys and Aliens.
As I have said many times in the past, I am not a fan of the original. I seem to be one of the very few people out there that feels this way, but I honestly hated Van Helsing. It was way WAY too cheesy and campy. It didn’t help that one moment it was totally serious and the next it’s a campy comedy. That didn’t work for me, it felt off and messy. I hated it. I did, however, love Kate Beckinsale in a corset. That got the flick some sexy bonus points.
While I think it’s ridiculous that they are doing a remake so soon after the original and even though I despise Tom Cruise, I am surprisingly excited for the new Van Helsing. I think it’s mainly because I was so disappointed by the first one and I am hoping the second doesn’t fail so hard.
What do you think of them doing a Van Helsing remake staring Tom Cruise? Do you hope the werewolves in the remake are as awesome as the original?