The Star Trek scribe is currently working with his writing partner Roberto Orci on reboots of both films. He revealed that the new versions will be more along the lines of The Dark Knight.
"It's cool!," Kurtzman told Collider. "There's been such a tonal shift, in the way audiences go to movies, particularly these big movies."
"I think a lot of that had to do with The Dark Knight and the success of The Dark Knight," he explained. "Suddenly, it became about, 'We want The Dark Knight version'.
"But, whether you end up doing The Dark Knight or not, I think what's cool about that is that it's only grounded superhero stories, or big mythological stories in more reality.
"That's really what The Dark Knight did, and that was the turning point there," Kurtzman said. "We try to do that on Trek. It's exciting, doing Van Helsing and The Mummy. They're both exciting, for those reasons."