Carl Rinsch Hired to Direct Universal's Black Lagoon Remake
We've written quite a bit about the Creature From the Black Lagoon remake in development over the last year or so. However, Hero Complex is now reporting that director Breck Eisner (who is finishing up his Crazies remake) has been replaced by Carl Rinsch, the commercials director who was originally thought to be directing the Alien prequel then got hired to take on 47 Ronin instead. It looks like once Rinsch is done with 47 Ronin sometime late next year, he'll get to work on this Creature From the Black Lagoon remake. The studio is supposedly going "back to the drawing board" this time and throwing out any old screenplays.
Breck Eisner had originally been set to direct a script written by Gary Ross (Big, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit). Ross is still producing, although it looks like they'll be finding a new screenwriter who will whip up a new draft before moving forward. The original 1954 Creature From the Black Lagoon was written by Gary Ross' father, Arthur A. Ross, and starred Richard Carlson. In case you didn't know, it's a creature feature about a mythic monster (seen above) that terrorizes scientists in the Amazon. When it originally hit theaters back in March of 1954, it was shown in anaglyphic 3D. I imagine they're considering shooting the remake in 3D, too.
I could link you to some of Eisner's quotes about how he wanted this new version to be "PG-13 scary", but all of that is now irrelevant since Universal is starting from scratch again and throwing all of Eisner's idea out. Once we hear more about Carl Rinsch's take on the Creature From the Black Lagoon, we'll be sure to let you know. For now, I'm just curious to see him direct something, since apparently he could be the next big thing.