Speaking to CraveOnline, Fringe co-creator and Star Trek reboot writer Alex Kurtzman revealed that he and co-producer/writer Robert Orci are looking to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy for pointers on their Tom Cruise-fronted reboot of legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing.
“The Van Helsing that Anthony Hopkins plays in Dracula is sort of the parody version of it,” Kurtzman revealed, “and the Van Helsing that Hugh Jackman played was obviously in a different place as well. I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then.
“The Dark Knight was a major, major corner-turning moment in the way that genre and superhero stories could be told,” the producer continued.. “Really grounded in reality. Really grounded in really cool things.
“That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it ‘real’. That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing.”