Michael Bay’s The Island. The Legend of Zorro. Cowboys & Aliens. Star Trek. Star Trek Into Darkness. Transformers. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. These are but a few of the films written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team who seem destined to infect as many film franchises as possible with their superficial and depth-less screenplays. So it is with no small amount of horror (pun not intended) that we react to the news that Orci and Kurtzman may spearhead a series of interconnected reboots of the classic Universal Monsters films. Kind of a Universal Monsters Avengers, except terrible. It would be terrible.
Imagine the deft hands that brought you such gems as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grabbing hold of such immortal fare as Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, etc. Shrieking yet?
As you may know, Orci and Kurtzman are already hard at work on rebooting The Mummy and Van Helsing for Universal. Now, during a recent interview, Orci noted how he and Kurtzman could raid the Universal vaults and make modern versions of the classics, which would totally not be remakes (even though they would be, by definition, remaking these films):
There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. [We're doing] Van Helsing, and we’re also producing The Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was. We just had a notion of how to make it modern and have a slightly different tone. It’s not going to be just a remake.
What do you think of the news? Is there any way Kurtzman and Orci could make a decent Universal horror film?