Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Tom Cruise. A Van Helsing reboot. Give yourself a few seconds to let these three elements sink in.

Although you’re probably still confused — I heard this news hours ago and am still trying to process it — Variety nevertheless reports that a two-year deal, twixt the screenwriting duo and Universal, will allow both parties to develop a Van Helsing reboot, starring none other than Tom Cruise. (No, still not easy for me to take in.) And, while we’re still in the classic monster business, The Mummy reboot, currently being scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), is also being put under their group, K/O Paper Products.

The move, though still totally bizarre, is part of the studio’s mission to develop “monster properties with strategic production plans in place rather than simply making films just because the properties are in the library.” (Any specifics behind these “strategic production plans” are currently unclear.) So there is a larger plan at work here — which, I suppose, counts for something or another — but, boy, do I not want to see this project. I don’t need to explain why, right? Right. Let’s just hope they don’t take things any further than a terrible Hugh Jackman movie from eight years ago; so long as other developments are tempered, this could still be a painless process.

Do you see any logic in this project? Is this creative team an instant source of discouragement for yourself?

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