‘Snow White’ Director Rupert Sanders Circling Tom Cruise’s ‘Van Helsing’

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One thing we all can agree on (well, for the most part) is that Snow White and the Huntsman is a visually-gorgeous and gritty take on the macabre fairy tale. Credit for that belongs in no small way to director Rupert Sanders, which explains why he remains a possible candidate to helm the developing Huntsman spinoff even after he made tabloid headlines with Kristen Stewart (SWATH‘s $400 million worldwide gross didn’t hurt either).

Universal wants to remove the toxic buzz that surrounds Sanders and the Snow White franchise, which is why the studio has floated projects like 90 Church – and now, the Van Helsing reboot starring Tom Cruise – as alternative films for him to direct next (instead of the Huntsman movie).

Sanders’ dark, grounded, take on the fantasy-adventure genre with SWATH gels with what Van Helsing producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have in mind for the project. Moreover, the fact Sanders is not committed to any particular project right now makes him a contender to tackle yet another revisionist take on literature (one that is fully grounded in supernatural horror, no less).

Twitch says the talks between Sanders and studio executives are “relatively casual” for the time being, but the ex-video game commercial director’s aesthetic sensibilities are worlds apart from those of Stephen Sommers (who was behind the campy, CGI-centric, Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale). That, in a nutshell, is exactly what Universal is looking for, so hiring Sanders on seems like a no-brainer move – assuming he’s interested, of course.

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Tom Cruise is the new ‘Van Helsing’

Cruise began shooting the Japanese sci-fi novel adaptation All You Need Is Kill last week, but there’s a good chance he will set to work on Van Helsing not long after production wraps. It would be refreshing to see Cruise play the titular vampire hunter as less brilliant and physically-invincible (a la Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes) and more an eccentric genius who relies on his sharp wits and brains to survive (but don’t count on that happening).

Things are in motion on Van Helsing, so once we know for certain who is directing it will be easier to gauge whether this film is going to be a Sherlock Holmes-esque treatment of the Dracula mythos – or maybe something less conventional (as may be the case with Eli Roth’s Harker). As always, we will keep you updated.


Source: Twitch

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  1. I wish people would’nt hate on the first Van Helsing so much. Sure it was’nt close to being a great film but it was good for what it was. I thought all the monster designs were pretty awesome but not executed as well.

    • The first one is mindless entertainment but very fun and entertaing (IMO). But it would be very cool to see a creepier darker and more serous remake. I think if it was in the same vein as bram stokers dracula (the Gary Oldman one) it would be very cool. Not sure how I feel about Tom Cruise playing vanhelsing though.

    • Agree with you 100%
      I liked the first Van Helsing Movie a lot and it was a shame that the planned Sequel never happened back in the day !

  2. I think it’s a good fit. It’s still difficult for me to imagine Tom Cruise in the role of Van Helsing, though that’s probably because I keep thinking of Hugh Jackman’s version, ha.

  3. Please do not connect, a good person as Tom Cruise – with a scum bag like Rupert Sanders – won’t fly – any fans of Pattinson’s, Stewart’s Robstener’s or Twilight fan won’t be happy – and thou this may sound stupid or silly but he is not on the happy list – He’s a douche bag, period!!!

  4. Tom Cruise…seriously. Well he played a vampire a few films ago..O-K so i guess he can hunt and kill them…

  5. They should have cast Tom Hardy as Van Helsing. Maybe get Ray Park as Dracula in the flick.

  6. Rupert Sanders is a bad, bad man.

  7. I did not like Hugh Jackmons it was a bit laughable,but if this guy take this and makes it with a tone mirroring The Huntsman and keeps it serious im in.

  8. How can you ask that he be “less brilliant” and still be a genius? Though I do get the physically invincible part.

    • Sorry, I mean less “brilliant and physically-invincible” (ie. the combination of the two) and more just an intellectual.

  9. Vampires in movies? I haven’t seen a film with them in for at least a week… I’m sure people will come from yards around to watch more fangs on screen once the Twilight behemoth grinds to a halt. Mind you thats not a classic take on the creatures, so if its proper classical re-interpretation that might actually seem like something new-ish.

  10. Personally, I have been envisioning Tom Hiddleston as Van Helsing (note the cheekbone resemblance to Peter Cushing!) and Michael Fasbender as Dracula (or anything else he desires). That would be awesome. What talent. I don’t think Tom Cruise’s screen persona lends itself easily to period-fantasy type roles, he did well in IWAV & Legend but it really isn’t what he’s best at so why force it?

    • Well, Tom Hiddleston is playing a vampire in an upcoming movie of his…

  11. Tom Cruise needs to go away.

  12. No, just no. I loved the first, even though it was a bit… bad. Tom Cruise would be terrible casting for the role of Van Helsing. Leave this one alone universal, at least for a couple more years.

  13. How about robert downey jr ?