Universal's 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' Remake Still Developing
Another day, another remake. Do we really need to see this one? Why not just pay the writer to draft up an original sorta-remake story instead? A few years ago, we followed early development on a remake of the horror classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in the works at Universal. It went around for a bit, with director Breck Eisner attached, before he dropped out, and 47 Ronin's Carl Rinsch jumped in. Our last news was in 2009 and it sounds like Universal isn't happy with Rinsch and 47 Ronin, but they're still working on Black Lagoon. There's an update today and Universal has hired writer Dave Kajganich for a new draft.
This latest report comes from THR where they say that David Kajganich, credited on horror remakes The Invasion, Stephen King's Pet Sematary, It and The Stand, is now writing the new take on Creature from the Black Lagoon. This sounds doomed already considering this guy's history. Can we really expect him to come up with a unique, refreshingly original remake of a horror classic? (I highly doubt it.) Eric Newman and Marc Abraham of Strike Entertainment are producing as well as Gary Ross and Allison Thomas via Larger Than Life Productions. Filmmaker Gary Ross' father Arthur A. Ross was one of the original co-writers of the 1954 The Creature from the Black Lagoon, which seems to be why he's still involved in this remake.
The only other info that THR adds is that "despite earlier reports, Carl Rinsch is not attached to direct." No surprise there. I would assume they're waiting for this brand new screenplay from Kajganich before they start fielding offers from directors and figuring out who they can attach to this. This remake has actually been in the works for decades, as Universal "has been trying to remake the title since the early 1980s and Kajganich is starting from scratch." I am curious to see how an update about a "prehistoric water-breathing humanoid monster" turns out, and if it's any good, though I don't have much confidence now. Anyone?