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

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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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  • 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. But then, Kristen did say he has a special touch - cough!

  • JD

    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.

  • Twilightchick

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

  • Adriana

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

  • sam

    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.

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

  • sam

    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.

  • 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.

  • Delilah

    How so you know his work so well?

  • sam

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

  • Delilah

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

  • sam

    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.

  • Delilah

    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.

  • Delilah

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

  • 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.

  • sam

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

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

  • nena

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

  • nena, no.

  • mcwrixon

    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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • kelz

    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.

  • brian

    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...

  • 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?

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

  • Define adultery to me.

  • Woody88

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

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Delilah


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

  • Delilah


  • finn

    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.

  • 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?

  • mrt35

    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....

  • 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...

  • sam

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

  • Delilah

    It was an actual film?

  • sam

    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.

  • Delilah
  • talon

    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

  • brian

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

  • finn

    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.

  • Delilah

    Not all her fans are that extreme.

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

  • talon

    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...

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

  • Rena

    Is that you Rupert? lol

  • Jo

    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

  • 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.

  • issa

    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.

  • sam

    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.

  • Delilah

    Who is Roth?

  • sam

    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.

  • Delilah

    Oh wow thanks for info. I know Sanders has a producer Palak Patel. who was on SWATH and very interactive with fans on Twitter. Then I saw his name attached in the credits to 90 Church also, and thought OH Sanders knows a guy with $ who likes to invest in Hwood films which is always helpful.

  • sam

    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.

  • Delilah

    How do you know all this!?

  • sam

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

  • mcwrixon

    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!!!

  • Delilah

    It is wrong I agree.

  • 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.

  • Delilah

    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.

  • Delilah

    Why wouldn't they want him though? You think Hollywood cares if he had an affair?

  • tpw

    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!!

  • 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.

  • finn

    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.

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

  • finn

    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!

  • Delilah

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

  • 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.

  • Delilah

    I read a great sentence: "All the 60s sexual revolution did was make it easier for men to get laid."

  • 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.

  • Delilah

    People would visit "back to nature communes" and 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.

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

  • Delilah

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

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

  • Delilah

    I edited it as I remembered more accurately.

  • liam

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

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