BREAKING: Rupert Sanders Circling Universal's Tom Cruise-Starring VAN HELSING

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BREAKING: Rupert Sanders Circling Universal's Tom Cruise-Starring VAN HELSING
Director Rupert Sanders poses an interesting conundrum for the suits at Universal Pictures.

On the one hand, Sanders turned in a successful debut picture for Universal with Snow White And The Huntsman, a film that may not have been a massive blockbuster success but certainly turned a tidy bit of business for the studio and teed up what could very well end up being a successful franchise. Clearly Sanders is someone Universal wants to keep in the fold.

But then, on the other hand, there is Sanders' well publicized dalliance with Snow White star Kristen Stewart. And while it is nearly impossible to separate truth from pure gossip on that front when it comes to the sequel / spinoff, who will and won't star, who will and won't direct, and - more to the point - why people will or won't star or direct, what has become very clear is that the whole Snow White franchise has become a little bit toxic as long as Sanders is attached to it.

So, what to do? You're a studio with a director who has proven himself to be a sound investment but who also carries a whole whack of baggage with him should he continue along his original path. The answer is simple: Having already proven that he can revise and revitalize one classic literary figure, let him do it to another.

Twitch has learned that Sanders and Universal have engaged in some early and still relatively casual conversations about Universal's upcoming Van Helsing with the sides expressing a mutual interest in doing the project with one another. Tom Cruise is attached to both produce and star as the titular vampire hunter in the Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman penned story. Cruise is currently filming All You Need Is Kill with Van Helsing a strong possibility to be his next project after that, meaning Universal need to lock down a director fairly quickly and this would certainly seem to play to Sanders' skill set while also allowing a bit of breathing space for the director before the Snow White spinoff that he is rumored to be directing.
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finnOctober 10, 2012 3:19 PM

meh. I'd rather see his 90 Church first. Also, his Battle of Algiers remake sounds fantastic. Somebody push that through asap, please! Wasn't Rupert in talks with Tom for another film a few years back? Or was it DiCaprio? As for the scandal, Hollywood cares about money, not morals, and we all know it. Rupert will do just fine.
As an aside, some serious guilt/sadness is his eyes in the above pic. Hope he's straightened his personal life out.

tpwOctober 10, 2012 3:21 PM

Dear Tom Cruise: if you associate yourself with this Predator I guarantee you THE MOVIE WILL FAIL!!! I love your movies but I will not support ANY movie this Predator is associated with!!

issaOctober 10, 2012 3:26 PM

I see CAA is still trying to make people think Sanders has a career. CAA conveniently handled the option deal with Universal for 90 Church which included their client Sanders in the package as director -- don't hold your breath for Universal to exercise that specific option - and also is Cruise's agent. It costs them nothing to throw his name out for deals and it makes them look like they are doing something for him. As for Battle of Algiers - there's been no mention of that anywhere since the SWATH red carpet.

sushiOctober 10, 2012 3:27 PM

you have to have a heart to feel guilt or sadness lol

finnOctober 10, 2012 3:29 PM

Kristen Stewart's teen fans may torment themselves with the details of her private life, but the adults amongst us do not. Keep your knee jerk, provincial judgments about things that don't concern you to yourself.

JoOctober 10, 2012 3:34 PM

This coward hid away and allowed a 22 year old take all the hits for something he should have been mature enough to avoid. I wouldn't waste a dollar on his films. Universal firing Kristen Stewart and championing him shows just how the boys stick together in Hollywood. The irony of him working with Tom Cruise is not lost on me, 2 egotistic morons who take advantage of young women

tankerOctober 10, 2012 3:38 PM

oh c'mon...he and his wife got what they wanted...tons of publicity to get more work. he and his wife were on the rocks anyway based on what she wrote in her Vanity Fair blog. It's too bad they had to destroy another couple's life to get their names in the news. he'll be fine? well, we'll find out when his movies come out, won't we?

herselfherselfOctober 10, 2012 3:40 PM

OMG lol that pic was taken during SWATH's Australian premiere.If you see the other pics from that premiere,you can see the way Kristen is looking at him.They were def bumping uglies by then and the affair obliviously continued till they were caught in July.What guilt?

liamOctober 10, 2012 3:45 PM

finn: Ms. Stewart's fans are not all teens and it might be wise to follow your own advice.

finnOctober 10, 2012 3:56 PM

Damn, you Stewart fans are as crazy as I've heard. Listen, not everyone is obsessed with a stranger's personal life. I'm interested in Sanders' work, which I think is very good, as do many others in the industry. If you were genuine fans of Stewart, I'd think you'd feel the same about her. Leave the mean spirited gossip out of it. This article is about Sanders, not Stewart, so if he doesn't interest you go find yourself a Stewart article to post on.

Woody88October 10, 2012 4:10 PM

This whole affair was no big deal. Everyone back together as before. Everyone continuing to work. No much really happened.

RenaOctober 10, 2012 4:12 PM

Is that you Rupert? lol

talonOctober 10, 2012 4:13 PM

wow...calling Stewart's fans crazy and damning them sure proves your claim that you're an adult and not subject to "knee jerk, provincial judgments" lol

kelzOctober 10, 2012 4:19 PM

Rupert Sanders is a pervert who lust after young impressionable girls. He should be in therapy for his attraction to girls young enough to be his daughter, not making millions of dollars! He is no role model... Except maybe for perverts and sickos.

mrt35October 10, 2012 4:19 PM

if you're a fan of Sander's work then you must have a great interest in the advertising industry since that's all he did prior to SWATH....

mcwrixonOctober 10, 2012 4:45 PM

Ask him to come clean about tall this crap story - before nayone in Hollywood give this man a job ever again,,, there are people suffering from this asswipe

nenaOctober 10, 2012 4:56 PM

He should be sent packing not given another movie!!!!

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 5:01 PM

Why wouldn't they want him though?

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 5:04 PM


samOctober 10, 2012 5:06 PM

wth? lol Ladies, did this guy run over your new puppy? If we exiled every director and actress who had an affair, we'd shut down the film industry. Be reasonable.
But to the point, project sounds fairly interesting with Cruise attached, but the reboots are getting out of hand. Sanders needs to be given a good war movie.

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 5:12 PM

reboots, franchises seem to be what big Hollywood is about now.

samOctober 10, 2012 5:12 PM

Why wouldn't he have a career? SWATH made budget and more. Roth is producing 90 Church so Sanders is a shoe in. As he should be.

samOctober 10, 2012 5:14 PM

yeah, they're nervous. everyone's taking the safe route.

samOctober 10, 2012 5:16 PM

His commercial work is outstanding. Halo was as good as if not better than any film I saw that year.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:22 PM

Any sexually active male - and woman - might very well lust after Kristen Stewart. That makes all of them perverts? What's a pervert? What is perversion?

AdrianaOctober 10, 2012 5:23 PM

Tom Cruise AND Rupert Sanders...2 of the BIGGEST douches in Hollywood....this will be an easy movie to avoid......

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:23 PM

Sanders is excellent. He has vision, great skills, and can direct fine actors as well as help along those less experienced. How many can do THAT?

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:24 PM

I am one. And you have to admit many are crazy and damning as well as the haters. talon has a point there.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:26 PM

I've read about him and read his interviews. Here for my blog post on him and LIberty and I am condoning none of this media manufactured scandal. http://twilightirruption.blogs...

TwilightchickOctober 10, 2012 5:27 PM

Why would any one want to give him a job? If I was Tom I would run and run far.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:27 PM

Just the fuck what we need, another war movie for the testosterone parade. Yes he is a very good director.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:28 PM

They are scared. As Willam Burroughs says about Hollywood they will just do what worked the last time. Too bad they can't clone Christopher Nolan.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:29 PM

Yep. Copies of copies without an original = simulacrum. That's exactly where Hollywood is at.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:29 PM

nena, no.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:32 PM

You can't know that he did anything. Those photos by the wall are totally photoshopped. My only suspicion concerning him is why didn't he say right away that it was Liberty and himself in those photos and he doesn't know who got them or how.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:33 PM

I would believe you are right except when I saw them when they first came out. The pain silently expressed was excruciating. Even without the cheating "How can anyone hate/fear you so much as to do this to you."

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:36 PM

You are just projecting that into his eyes. And it was taken long before this media manufactured scandal. So what are you projecting now? The same I would guess. He is a sensitive man and may have many other things to feel sorry about. Ai Wei Wei NEVER SAY SORRY a film you must see.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:37 PM

He does. Read his interviews going way back.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:41 PM

Good catch on Australia, but then you go off on your own speculation, which is plausible and may or may not be true. When you speculate, just acknowledge that you are speculating, then say it.

samOctober 10, 2012 5:42 PM

I'll reiterate. A GOOD war movie. They can be done well, thoughtfully and with intelligence and he's just the guy to do it. Don't know how familiar you are with Sanders' work, but he's several times expressed interest in doing this.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:43 PM

You don't know that. What if, - and I say what if - Liberty did those pics and he was protecting his wife. That's fraud - 200K - and a criminal offense you know.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:44 PM

Remember when they threw Oscar Wilde in prison for his sex life. And DeSade and his writings. Only 2 out of many. Can we find a time machine and send you back to those times? I will help pay for your trip as long as there's no return ticket possible.

abbeysbooksOctober 10, 2012 5:45 PM

I hate to disillusion you but the older women fans are the worst.

finnOctober 10, 2012 6:06 PM

I'm not damning anyone. Her fans have a reputation for being rabid and I'm sure seeing it in action here. Calling for Sanders to be blacklisted? Calling him a predator? huh? Little excessive there. I can't really even understand why a Stewart fan would be here reading about Sander's next project.

JDOctober 10, 2012 6:14 PM

If this movie fails and it most likely will, pity Tom Cruise will be blamed for there is a lot of people who will boycott a Rupert Sanders movie regardless of who the actors are.

finnOctober 10, 2012 7:07 PM

Really? That's disturbing because I'd be a lot less taken aback if I could attribute this hostile takeover to some angry teens. If they feel the need to bring their grievances here, I can't imagine how bad the gossip sites have been!

finnOctober 10, 2012 7:17 PM

I'm not familar with much of the affair story at all and thankfully haven't experienced anything like that personally, so not sure why I'd be projecting. It's his art that interests me and has for a few years now. Safe to say he's experienced some emotional turmoil recently though, I'd think? But, yeah, could conceivably have been any number of things upsetting him when the pic was taken.
I adore Ai WeiWei! Saw Sunflower Seeds at the Tate. Amazing man.

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 8:21 PM


Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 8:24 PM

Who is Roth?

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 8:25 PM

How so you know his work so well?

talonOctober 10, 2012 8:43 PM

finn claimed to be an adult and commented on the fans "knee jerk, provincial judgments" but damning them and calling them crazy is not adult or mature behavior...he's the one making "knee jerk, provincial judgments". Pot calling kettle...

samOctober 10, 2012 9:21 PM

yeah, I know his work. Kept an eye on Sanders since he teamed up with Tony Kaye who I am a great fan of.

samOctober 10, 2012 9:27 PM

Joe Roth. Was SWATH's producer. Major HW player. Check out his wiki. He's tight with Sanders. If Roth believes in you, you're golden.

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 9:46 PM

Oh wow thanks for info. I know Sanders has a producer with an Indian name (idk where he is from) who was on SWATH and very interactive with fans on Twitter. Then I saw his name attached in the credits to a different Sanders film and thought OH he knows a guy with $ who likes to invest in Hwood films.

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 9:47 PM

And are you speaking of commercial work, as in slick advertising of products?

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 9:53 PM

It was an actual film?

samOctober 10, 2012 11:34 PM

yeah, Patel is with Roth, runs his film divison. They have Raimi's OZ and Maleficent w/ Jolie coming up. He was with Weinstein's Spring Creek Productions before Roth.

Aitch SlavicOctober 10, 2012 11:36 PM

How do you know all this!?

samOctober 10, 2012 11:55 PM

no, that's my point. That's how good his commercials are. It's on youtube - Halo3 ODST The Life. There's a 'making of' too which shows just how elaborate yet detail oriented these mini films of his are. If Sanders isn't given the bigscreen version, assuming there will eventually be one, there is no God.

samOctober 11, 2012 12:09 AM

no. Good ad work today is in another realm than simply 30 secs of hawking merch. Sanders did ads more like the long form stuff you'll see during Super Bowl halftime. But better. Inventive, clever, beautifully shot, they're little movies. Watch a few before you slam it. If you have an eye for film, you'll be impressed. Look at Guy Ritchie and Jake Scott's recent Nike ads too. Alejandro Inarritu's also. Fincher, Tarsem, Jonze - all have made great ads.

samOctober 11, 2012 12:14 AM

Some people obsess over Kristen Stewart's love life. I obsess over film.

abbeysbooksOctober 11, 2012 2:00 AM

OK I see your POV. I just don't think now is a great time for even a good war movie. There are other major things that need to be addressed. Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises through them out to challenge us. Cosmopolis should have been that movie but Cronenberg blew it. I hate him for his deception, his his his well you would know if you read my cosmopolisfilm2.blogspot Anyway I wrote a lot about SWATH. which I loved : http://twilightirruption.blogs... and here http://twilightirruption.blogs... I hope you like them, at least parts of them. complimentary to Sanders.

abbeysbooksOctober 11, 2012 2:00 AM

You don't fake pictures and create this scandal out of love. Rupert cannot hate her that much if at all. Who does then?

abbeysbooksOctober 11, 2012 2:01 AM

Oh I am so jealous you got to see Sunflowers! You are so lucky. Do you follow him on twitter. Very important that you do so. Twitter is what keeps him alive in China and out of jail and we may help him get his passport beck.

abbeysbooksOctober 11, 2012 2:02 AM

He is right though. Many of them are fanatical and dangerous.

Aitch SlavicOctober 11, 2012 2:23 PM
Aitch SlavicOctober 11, 2012 2:25 PM

Not slamming it, promise, I appreaciate commercial Art anyway, altho. I have misgivings about consumer culture in general.
Guy Rithchie made some great films and Jake Scott made a horrible Welcome to the Riley's-If it is the same guy. And Spike Lee can be added to your list.

Aitch SlavicOctober 11, 2012 2:31 PM

lol ok.
Now maybe you know about the screenplay for the projected Van Helsing project. A person on another board was asking said if it is the same VH project with a supposed crappy script penned by Stephen Sommers.

mcwrixonOctober 11, 2012 8:58 PM

it's the equality of it - kristen has been racked thru the coals, where as Rupert nothing, well if this even truly happened he would be equally guilty if not more so for being the older wiser (NOT) married with children person..No consequences for him, but we can trash her for months - what wrong with this!!!

Aitch SlavicOctober 13, 2012 11:39 PM

It is wrong I agree.

Aitch SlavicOctober 13, 2012 11:40 PM

Not all her fans are that extreme.

Aitch SlavicOctober 13, 2012 11:43 PM

It's mainly teens but Rob Pattinson's fans are unhappy middle age women--many are anyway!

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 12:15 AM

I think so. They came of age during "free love" which meant that guys just took advantage of very willing to be free girls who found out the double standard afterwards instead of knowing it before. These are the first liberated women, who were liberated but not free to say no. Who missed all the yearning and longing we see with Edward and Bella. So now they are making up for what they think they missed. Maybe they really did.

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 12:18 AM

But this is so much a part of this media manufactured mess. The Double standard is front and center. In many ways it is making Stewart even more attractive, more mysterious, more compelling and challenging.

rtp456October 14, 2012 10:40 AM

Well, this is one I will refuse to watch! Nothing that this pig does will I support. Universal will get some backlash from this decision.

rtp456October 14, 2012 10:42 AM

You are in denial. They both admitted to the cheating. They both are disgusting.

rtp456October 14, 2012 10:43 AM

This guy is married and has two small children. Why is adultery OK? I don't care who it is with.

rtp456October 14, 2012 10:44 AM

No big deal? Adultery is no big deal - I really wonder what is happening to the morals of today. Universal should not be giving him anything, but the boot.

Aitch SlavicOctober 14, 2012 4:16 PM

I read a great sentence: "The 60s sexual revolution just made it easier for men to get laid."

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 4:18 PM

Just you wait baby. You are dead wrong. If you can't read the Foucault stuff then you are as dumb as I think you are.

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 4:18 PM

Define adultery to me.

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 4:20 PM

I was just enough older than they to know. I thought everyone of them was a foolish cunt, as far as men were concerned. Beautiful talented girls with guys that were just awful.

Aitch SlavicOctober 14, 2012 4:23 PM

I edited it as I remembered more accurately.

Aitch SlavicOctober 14, 2012 4:38 PM

People would visit "back to nature communes" are write about how the women were not equal and just amounted to maids, cooks and baby makers. This is why the Feminist movement got going in the 70s NOT the 60s!! Women at SDS meetings were told to make and serve coffee.

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 4:59 PM

I remember. I went to 1 SDS meeting. Just 1. Just guys playing "man".

Aitch SlavicOctober 14, 2012 5:04 PM

It is shown well in, believe it or not, a scene in Forrest Gump

abbeysbooksOctober 14, 2012 5:49 PM

I only saw FG once so I don't remember that. So true tho.

Brian YarbroughOctober 16, 2012 5:21 PM

yeah cuz anyone that makes a morally wrpong choic ein life should be punished by having their job and means means of income removed.. judgemental america, KILL EM ALL, thats what you people sound like...

Brian YarbroughOctober 16, 2012 5:23 PM

not a hater but Stewart is deinfately one of the most overrated "actresses" in the biz...