Tom Cruise to Star in Van Helsing Remake … WTF?

From vampire to vampire slayer – Tom Cruise will be playing the starring role in an upcoming Van Helsing flick. I actually wrote about this project two years ago, back when it was just a silly rumor, but now it has been officially confirmed and this movie is actually happening… seriously.

Why do I find this all so ridiculous? Because they are re-making the Van Helsing flick 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 back. It seems so bizarre to do a remake so quickly after the original.

The last time we saw Van Helsing in 2004, the movie grossed over $300 million at the box office, but was royally bashed by critics (and me). So this upcoming remake has a very high standard to reach – either make more money or make the critics happy.

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 Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Cowboys and Aliens.

As I not so subtly hinted at above, I was not a fan of the original. I seem to be kind of alone in that feeling since virtually everyone I know LOVES that movie. But I thought it was over-the-top cheesy and campy. It didn’t mesh well for me, one moment it was deeply serious and the next it’s a campy comedy. That didn’t work for me, it felt weird and messy. I hated it. I did, however, love Kate Beckinsale in a corset. Hot!

While I think it’s strange they are doing a remake so soon after the original and while 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 suck as hard.

What do you think of them doing a Van Helsing remake staring Tom Cruise?

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


  1. 1. To make a remake so early is totally nuts.
    2. Letting Tom Cruise star ist totally ridiculous.
    I did like the movie especially because of Kate’s corset (and her in it) but I will definitely not watch that new one.

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  6. tom cruise to star in the new vanhelsting, hes way to hansome a vampire
    slayer a vampire as the vampire le stat in anne rices interview with the
    vampire he played le stat with style van heling remake the actor should
    be play by hugh jackman & kate beckinsale thats the cast us fans of
    van helsting so dont ruin a good movie vanhesting with tom cruise
    in the remake of van helsting.

  7. Oh god, this is so gonna blow. It’s so hard to imagine Tom as Van Helsing. It’s almost as if he’s just not worthy of the role, in my mind. And as a side note on the first Van Helsing, it was purposely made to be a bit campy. The writer, who was also the director, made the movie in the way he did for his father. His father was a big fan of campy monster movies.

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