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Rupert Sanders Might Direct Universal's 'Van Helsing' With Tom Cruise

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 10, 2012 at 3:41PM

It takes two to tango, and while Kristen Stewart was kind of put over the coals for her dalliance with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, his narrative became that of a man trying to save his marriage. And while we let the tabloids keep tabs on that latest in the affair fallout, everyone else and Sanders too it seems is getting on with their lives. Universal is pushing ahead with a sequel to the fairy tale movie with Stewart, but the question remains as to whether or not Sanders will return. And if he doesn't, it seems there may be another franchise for him to put his hands on.
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Rupert Sanders

It takes two to tango, and while Kristen Stewart was kind of put over the coals for her dalliance with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, his narrative became that of a man trying to save his marriage. And while we let the tabloids keep tabs on that latest in the affair fallout, everyone else and Sanders too it seems is getting on with their lives. Universal is pushing ahead with a sequel to the fairy tale movie with Stewart, but the question remains as to whether or not Sanders will return. And if he doesn't, it seems there may be another franchise for him to put his hands on.

Twitch reports that very early conversations are happening between the studio and Sanders for the helmer to take on "Van Helsing" starring none other than Tom Cruise. The property has been one Unviersal has been eager to reboot, with the movie brewing for years, at one time set to be produced by Guillermo del Toro. And while that iteration faded away, earlier this year the studio got "Transformers" guys Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to take it on, and it was kicked back to life. With Kurtzman promising a grounded "The Dark Knight"-esque approach, this will likely be quite different than the 2004 Hugh Jackman movie, and also different from Sanders' own 'Huntsman.'

All this to say....who knows? Who knows if Sanders will take this? Who knows if Cruise will make this his next movie following the currently lensing "All You Need Is Kill"? The actor tends to develop and make sure projects meet his standards before jumping in. But he's been in blockbuster mode of late, and maybe Cruise just wants to keep his name up on the marquee. Either way, not a horrible choice to direct but not an inspired one either. He's mostly just a proven director who has already had a hit, which may be enough for Universal.

This article is related to: Rupert Sanders, Van Helsing


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