Kurtzman & Orci Sign New Film Deal With Universal – Van Helsing & Mummy Movies First Up

Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are adding yet more franchises to their plates. Today it was announced the pair have signed a new deal with Universal Pictures, with reboots of Van Helsing (with Tom Cruise as star) and The Mummy at the top of their to do lists for the studio. More details below.


Bob and Alex join Universal

Since not renewing their deal with DreamWorks, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been free agents for the last year or so, but now they are back (returning to the Universal lot) but this time signed on to Universal Pictures. They have a new two year first look deal, with a Van Helsing movie starring Tom Cruise already in development along with a new Mummy movie. However, Trek fans shouldn’t worry, the pair are multi-taskers and the new deal still allows for Orci and Kurtzman to continue work on the franchises they are already part of (like Spider-man and Star Trek). So congrats to Bob and Alex on their big new deal.

press release

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, May 1, 2011—Universal Pictures today announced the studio has signed a two-year first-look production deal with one of the leading writing/producing teams in the entertainment industry, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and their K/O Paper Products banner. The duo will kick off their new relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio’s library including Van Helsing and The Mummy. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Chairman, Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman, Donna Langley.

Kurtzman and Orci have collaborated with some of the industry’s top creative minds including J.J. Abrams, with whom they wrote the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which grossed nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. In 2007, they wrote Transformers and went on to write Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. Together, those films grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. More recently, the pair wrote and executive produced 2009’s Star Trek, which grossed more than $385 million worldwide. Accompanying their impressive film resume, Kurtzman and Orci have found tremendous success in television, having created the series Fringe, writing/producing Alias and in 2010, producing the reboot of Hawaii Five-O. They also currently executive produce the highest rated show on Hasbro’s The Hub, Transformers Prime.

“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tentpole films,” Fogelson and Langley said in a joint statement. “They have been a major part of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and television shows in recent history, and we’re eager to have them build on that success at Universal.”

“We’re thrilled to call Universal Pictures our home,” said Kurtzman and Orci. “From the moment we sat down with Adam, Donna, Peter, Jeff and the entire Uni team, there was an instant flow of inspired ideas. They really understand the importance of building a strong creative team and giving our shared projects their full support. We’re proud to start making movies that will live as part of Universal’s enduring legacy.”

Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products will develop and produce a modern reimagining of Universal library titles including The Mummy, alongside producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts. The pair will also develop and produce Universal’s reimagined Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in and produce the film.

Kurtzman and Orci’s upcoming projects include writing Sony’s next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man; producing Now You See Me, for Lionsgate Summit, set for release in March 2013; and producing Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, also for Lionsgate Summit. Kurtzman and Orci wrote and produced People Like Us, which marks Kurtzman’s directorial debut and is scheduled to be released in June 2012, and wrote and produced the second installment of Star Trek, set for release in 2013. The pair most recently rewrote All You Need Is Kill for Warner Bros., with Tom Cruise attached to star, Doug Liman to direct and Erwin Stoff to produce.

Kurtzman, Orci and the rest of their K/O Paper Products team, including President Bobby Cohen, will be housed on the Universal lot. Former assistants Ben Kim and Kim Cavyan will come aboard as creative executives. Kurtzman and Orci are represented by CAA and attorneys Michael Gendler and Kevin Kelly of Gendler & Kelly, APC.


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I’m excited for Ender’s Game….

Congratulations Bob and Alex!


I remember before The Phantom Menace was released Card was looking at Jake Lloyd as Ender. Ender’s Game seems unfilmable as written. Rather than rewriting child characters as older I’d rather see CG realistically combine performances of people old enough to act with the appearance and voices of little kids.

Congrats mr o and mr k….I think its a mite to early to reboot Van Helsing that movie left a bad taste in my mouth…( and thousands of unsold action figures in the aisles)…..maybe if Cruise plays a bad ass version.

Transformers was written and had scripts?!? Wow … You couldn’t tell …

And as for Trek 2009 their plot had more holes in it that Swiss Cheese..

I seriously think they should write a new Star Wars trilogy.

Grats guys!

Is Khan the new Mummy?

Great news… should see Star Trek 13 in 2022.

Makin’ your parents proud.

Congratulations, guys!

Who is this Orci fellow people are all talking about. :)

It couldn’t have happened to two nicer / talented guys. I will be sure to send you my screenplay.

We need a reboot of Van Helsing?!

Tom Cruise as Van Hellsing..


3. Good God, no. I really think Hollywood should place a moratorium on movies featuring CGI characters like in “Polar Express”, “Christmas Carol”, and “Adventures of Tintin”, all of which are just plain creepy to watch.

Congrats to Bob and Alex on their big new deal.

Doubtful both these movies will be box office successes though, but that won’t be Bob and Alex’s fault.

Farin Tahir should surely get a part in this….

Keep knocking them out of the park, boys!

The Mummy and Van Helsing are only 10 years old and already need a modern reimagining?! Glad nobody can reboot me! XD

Jeezus, a reimagining of 2004’s “Van Helsing”? That’s like a copy of a copy…..

Can’t say I’m particularly thrilled with any of those projects. They already screwed the pooch with the reimagined Mummy movies by turning it into a dumbed down Indiana Jones movie franchise (and spinoffs). Totally missed the tragedy and pathos (not to mention the gothic horror) of the Karloff/Lee versions.

I would imagine the Mummy remakes will be remakes of the Brandon Frasier versions? If so, then thanks, but no thanks…. ;-)

Congrats. Hope they get better films to do than Van Helsing and Mummy though.

Anything would be better than the original Van Helsing, which was truly terrible despite having good people involved. And The Mummy movies went downhill after the first one, so I have no problem with reworking those. I just hope they use the original Mummy as a guide instead of the Brenden Frasier versions.

Hey good for you guys…Grats!

Fun question: what’s your favorite Universal monster?

Mine is the Gillman from “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Incredible creature design for its time. And the story’s not too bad either.

Latest Batman trailer is out. Awesome.

@25: Hey I watched that on Netflix not too long ago. That is the best monster of any old movie ever. It looks so convincing!

Yeah, note to Bob: If you guys get a shot at a Creature From The Black Lagoon remake, please do NOT change the creature. The 1950’s design is absolutely flawless! He looks like a real, plausible, humanoid fish man.

And no CGI! If they did that with a real guy in a suit in the 50’s, imagine how much better they can do a guy in a suit today!


Yep. The design holds up well—a beast designed by a beauty!


Hey, she is beautiful. And she did fantastic work with that creature.

Looks like Universal was going to remake it, but they put the project on hold.

They must have been waiting for Alex and Bob. ;-)

I do like the Brendan Fraser “The Mummy” movies. But, yeah, the first one is the best of the bunch. The classic Boris Karloff flicks were great too.

Not sure I want to see Tom Cruise as Van Helsing. Not sure I want to see another Van Helsing for that matter. Kind of vampired out.

I’m kind of Kurtzman and Orci’d out if you ask me.

25. I had a little glow in the dark model (from a kit) hat I had to hide at night because it scared me (I was 7). Same with a Chaney Phantom of the Opera kit.

I’m not trying to start anything, but sometimes it seems like the instant reaction on here is “we don’t need another…”

Gotta admit that’s my initial reaction sometimes too when I first hear of these things. But, well, what if it ends up being pretty darned good? A movie based on Battleship sounds, well, dumb, without knowing any more about it. Maybe it WILL suck — but it doesn’t necessarily have to. Bob and Alex have, generally, a pretty decent track record — so, if anything, these movies should be entertaining.

I didn’t have any issues with Hugh Jackman in the role….

BobOrci, so will the new mummy movie be in the same universe or style as the Brendan Fraiser Adventure/Indiana Jones mold or more along the lines of the very underrated Wolfman.

Looking forward to seeing your guys take on the Mummy.

Star Trek III in 2020.

MJ, good point! Would ST III suffer with Orci and Kurtzman having too much on their plate?

Then the next Trek TV series wouldn’t come out until 2022.

congrats to them.

sick of frigging reboots/remakes, etc.

lets face it though, they couldn’t do any worse than the recent versions of VH and the Mummy. They were a pile of awful shite in my opinion.
Make them better than Cowboys and Aliens…not a bad movie just a “meh” movie.

but hey, I am no movie maker/writer.

props to them :)

still pissed off with the Khan news.

Cheer me up Orci et al. I wait with baited breath for 2013 but i do not hold a lot of confidence.

Congrats Mr. Bob Orci!

;-) :-)

Well, at least they are keeping those movies at a consistent level of talent as they have been.

I was so excited when I read the title and it read Van Helsing. I thought “finally!” And then I did a double take. Tom Cruise? But what about Hugh Jackman?

And my envy for them has increased. Kind of like entropy.


“Star Trek III” came out in ’84. :-)

But yeah, “Star Trek 3” coming out in 2020 is probably right on the money!

@ 37

I laughed until it hurt. That’s when I realized you might be right.

They’re going to reboot Van Helsing with Tom Cruise? I didn’t hate the first one but the critics savaged it. According to Wikipedia, it did very well at the box office. So why did it take so long for them to try to make another one?

All I can tell you is that when I read the news this morning, I Tweeted to Bob Orci asking (for selfish reasons, admittedly), if this would have any effect on his Trek work. He was nice enough to respond. His reply: It shouldn’t.

Jeez, all these guys seemt to do are reboots/remakes/reimaginings.
Can’t they start their own franchise of their own?

27. dmduncan – May 1, 2012
Yeah, note to Bob: If you guys get a shot at a Creature From The Black Lagoon remake, please do NOT change the creature. The 1950’s design is absolutely flawless! He looks like a real, plausible, humanoid fish man.

And no CGI! If they did that with a real guy in a suit in the 50’s, imagine how much better they can do a guy in a suit today!

there was 2 movies made with the creature from the black logoon& return of the creature from the black lagoon if my memory is right

congrat guys have fun remakeing the mummy