Breck Eisner Drops Out of Creature from the Black Lagoon

May 27, 2009
Source: Bloody Disgusting

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Universal's remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon that we've been following for a while now has hit a snag. According to Bloody Disgusting, director Breck Eisner has dropped out of the project. Eisner is currently finishing up The Crazies remake for Overture Films and also is attached to the Flash Gordon reboot. It was first rumored that he might be off of the project last December, however, BD only received official confirmation very recently. Oddly, back in April, Eisner spoke with Arrow in the Head about his plans for the remake without any indication that might be leaving, so we're not sure why he left.

The project is still being developed by Gary Ross, whose father wrote the original. Creature is about a group of scientists who discover and capture the prehistoric GillMan while searching for fossils along the Amazon River. The creature breaks free and kidnaps one of the scientists' fiancee with whom it has fallen in love. Universal and Strike Entertainment are now looking for a new director to replace Eisner. Last month, he had said that it was going to be a "bigger movie" and that they were "going for a dark adventure tone, but I want it to be scary." I can't think of any good suggestions for a replacement at the moment. Any ideas?

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


The only suitable director for this has always been Guillermo del Toro. Unfortunately, the guy is quadruple-booked for the next 7 years or so.

Adam Frazier on May 27, 2009


Guillermo del Toro would've been great but I feel he already showed us his fish man with Abe Sapien.

teyhtr on May 27, 2009


A Flash Gordon re-boot? Serious?!?

Timothy on May 27, 2009


What parents would ever name their kid Breck?

masteryoda007 on May 28, 2009


First of all, just like the article said, I would like to know why he is no longer attached to that movie!!! Why why why!!!???!!! Second of all, his parents named him Michael. His mom's maiden name was Breckenridge. Breckenridge! What a name! Kind of odd, but nice just the same! He may be using that name so as not to be accused of trading on his dad's name.

Mushell on Jun 2, 2009


John Carpenter. Hands-down, THE man for the job. Check out the link. You can see some of the ideas that were going to be incorporated and they sound amazing. This could be better than The Thing, which Eisner said they were going for in this remake. WTF Universal? You drop the project with Carpenter over budget issues (at the time Uni wanted it for $10mil, Carpenter had it budgeted for $40-45mil), then you bring on a hack director and decide to turn it into a big movie while going for something like John Carpenter's The Thing? Seriously, WTF?!? Bring Carpenter back on!;topicseen#new

Kyle on Jun 28, 2009

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