Update on The Creature from the Black Lagoon Remake
A remake to the classic '50s monster movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon continues to stick on my radar, despite there being little news of the project since we first reported on it back in May. Thankfully, Latino Review caught up with screenwriter Gary Ross (son to Arthur Ross, one of the writers from the original) who provided a few decent updates on the rather slow-moving project. Similar to Scott Frank's Planet of the Apes project, Ross and crew intend to approach the Gilman creature from a realistic and scientific perspective. Ross said, "We found some scientific under pinnings for it, which my Dad actually felt in the original… In fact, he based it on a lung fish that was found around that time."
Bolstering the serious tone, Ross also commented, "We're going to treat it with a certain amount of dignity… We're not approaching this a in a retro campy kind of way." If there's one thing of certainty to take away from this, it's that the Lagoon will be camp free. Not as clear, however, is the choice of director. While I thought Breck Eisner has been a lock for this for some time, when asked about the choices, Ross replied, "Well, I can't really talk about it. We've talked to some directors." Ross also mentioned that the project wasn't, in fact, even greenlit at this point, which is equally confusing considering the amount of effort that has been made and Ross' statement that the project "is going great… we're moving forward." Ah well. Any news is good news, I suppose. You can check out the complete interview over at Latino Review.