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Universal Pictures Presents the Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature From the Black Lagoon Movie Remake News


who The Remake is Back on the Drawing Board!

The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake is back on the board and starting from scratch with writer Dave Kajganich. Eric Newman and Marc Abraham of Strike Entertainment are producing as well as Gary Ross and Allison Thomas via their Larger Than Life Productions.

Until the Wolfman remake, the movie was slated for release in 2011. After poor profits from the Wolfman, Universal shelved the project.

It was originally reported to be budgeted for $90 million back in 2009; however, that budget will surely be much more with this re-attempt at a remake. Carl Rinsch was the latest director to be attached to the project (Breck Eisner later withdrew due to his schedule) with Gary Ross of Larger Than Life Productions. It is now said that Carl Rinsch will no longer be associated with the remake. Visit IMDb for production crew names.

Says Eisner of why the movie hadn't been produced yet back in 2010:

"It suffered from the realities of development hell and a writers strikes," he says. "I don't think it will see the light of day for a while." Does he think The Wolfman's history and box office hurt the Creature's chances of a comeback? "Yep, oh yeah. Between that and spending a lot of money in development, it's money against the movie. When a movie is that close to happening, it takes a long time for people to forget about spending that money and to be re-engaged in it. I'd love for somebody to make that movie. It won't be me."

Eisner laments his decision to depart the project because, "It would have been risky and amazing. The design of the Creature by Mark 'Crash' McCreery was awesome. True to the original, yet obviously updated for today's technology. The journey on the Rita, the boat design, it was ready to go." Another highlight of the development process: A trip to the Amazon. "Scouting Peru, Brazil, Columbia. We went into the jungle of mirrors. It was an amazing experience. I didn't come out of it empty-handed but I didn't come out with a movie, which is what I would have wanted." [1]

According to the Movie Insider, the plot synopsis originally was:

A Victorian expedition group searching for fossils along the Amazon locate an area that has been kept on a tangential track of evolution alongside mankind, untouched by modern man, and filled with strange and fantastic creatures. This haven is guarded, however, by a sleek and clever gill-man: the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

It is up in the air who will play the lead in the remake at this time. Bill Paxton was originally reported to have signed. With Bill out of the running (see 1/11 entry below) it will be curious to see if Brian Steele will still play the Gillman.

Universal Studios registered the domain name creaturefromtheblacklagoon.com on July 21, 2006. We are hedging our bets that this will be the domain for the remake, or now since they have postponed it indefinitely, some other venture. For now, the domain goes to a link farm. They have since removed their name as the owner of the domain.

Gary Ross Breck Eisner Kajganich
Gary Ross
Still Producer
Carl Erik Rinsch
No Longer Director
Dave Kajganich
New Writer

Got a scoop on the latest news of the remake? E-mail it to me!

Below are articles which detail news of the remake.

What will the New Gillman Look Like?
May 5, 2014
Shock Till You Drop, Dread Central

Breck Eisner, who was on board the remake back in 2008 says Spectral Motion (Hellboy) had redesigned the Gillman for him in the remake that has yet to be produced. The question now is will the movie that has been in the works for several decades with various different writers and directors attached will ever see the light of day?

Back from the Dead!
October 15, 2012
Film, Yahoo News, Hollywood Reporter

Universal is back at the drawing board. "Kajganich (See image above) will be starting from scratch on Black Lagoon, rather than rewriting any of the earlier drafts. Contrary to previous reports that Carl Erik Rinsch was in talks to direct, Black Lagoon has no director at this time." Kajganich is a great pick for the script because several of his remakes have done well with both those who loved the originals and the new generation of viewers. His remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was both accurate to the original as well as updated for today's generation of horror movie watchers. Additional remakes of his include "It," Pet Sematary," and "The Stand."

In Search of a New Script
October 14, 2010
The Milwaukee Examiner

"We’ve gone through a bunch of different incarnations of scripts, and none that me and my partner were satisfied with," said Abraham. "Gary Ross is involved with us as a producer [along with] his wife, Allison [Thomas]. None of us have been satisfied. I think we have a really cool take on the movie now – [a] much hipper, [more] interesting version of it, and we’re looking for a new writer who’s after that. And, in fact, I just had breakfast and I was writing down my notes about it, about how I think it should go. I think we have a really cool take on it. Still set in South America, really a more 'not-a-guy-in-a-rubber-suit'… [It’s a] much more psychological transformation, more literary transformation. I think a really interesting idea," says Marc Abraham.

The Remake May be a Loooong Way Off
June 25, 2010

Shock Til You Drop


Breck Eisner and others think that with the disappointing box office receipts for the Wolfman remake, Universal will not be very anxious to get the remake up and running. Eisner says, "I don't think it will see the light of day for awhile." With that information, along with the fact that the slated director of the movie, Carl Rinsch, will now be doing a remake of Logan's Run, it looks like we can pretty much delay the release beyond 2011. And the saga continues...

Carl Erik Rinsch May Direct
December 15, 2009
Variety

Universal Pictures is in early talks with Carl Erik Rinsch to direct “Creature From The Black Lagoon. Rinsch shoots highly visual commercials for RSA owners Ridley and Tony Scott. The Scotts once courted Rinsch to direct a prequel to “Alien,” until Ridley Scott decided to helm that film, returning to a franchise he originated.

Robert Rodriguez says is producing CFTBL
July 26, 2009
IGN.com

Rodriguez said that he's producing the remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon now. He announced this at the Comic-Con convention.

Possible Gillman design
Designs of New Gillman Leak Out
July 22, 2009
Fangoria

Vincent Guastini's production company sent photos to Fangoria magazine of designs they were commissioned to create for the upcoming movie. Says Gaustini, At this moment, I have some idea which direction they're going in, but as of now, it’s still ongoing and we’ll have to see what the outcome of this will be. These are my ideas that are both traditional and freshened up, without destroying the classic original...  Whatever happens I feel very confident that whichever direction Universal goes in will be the right one.

Eisner is out! Who will direct now?
May 28, 2009

Bloody-Disgusting


Eisner says he is no longer associated with the Creature remake. He is busy with other projects, including the movie, The Crazies. Strike Entertainment and Universal are now looking for a replacement.

Eisner says movie will be rated PG-13
April 16, 2009
IGN Movies

Eisner told IGN Movies about the latest, "I want it to be scary. It's a bigger movie, so it's not an R rated scary, it's gonna be a PG-13 scary. CREATURE takes you to a place you've never been before, it's one of the last untamed places on the edge of the Earth where you find this creature that has been living and hiding there forever, basically. It's definitely going for a dark adventure tone, but I want it to be scary."

Remake in "development hell?"
April 7, 2009
Shock Till You Drop

Breck Eisner was interviewed recently and says that the remake is not a done deal. The remake depends on the success of the Wolfman remake. I think they're probably going to see how The Wolfman does and then I think we'll know from there," says Eisner.

Marc Abraham will be one of the producers
March 22, 2009

New York Times


Marc Abraham, the director of "Flash of Genius" is now working on the remake of the Creature From the Black Lagoon. The movie is currently in pre-production. He is also pursuing a prequel to "The Thing."

Bill Paxton is out... at least for now!
January 11, 2009
If Magazine

Bll Paxton tells If Magazine that he is not involved with the remake in any way. He says the listing on IMDb is incorrect. He is busing promoting the third series of his show on HBO. He does say, however, that he would like to play the Gillman.

The New Creature Will be Based on Real Science
December 5 , 2008

Sci-fi.com


Gary Ross has revealed a little more about the remake to a group of journalists this week. Says Gary:

"We found some scientific underpinnings for it, which my dad actually felt in the original," Ross said in a group interview in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was promoting The Tale of Despereaux. "In fact, he had based it on a lungfish that was found around that time. So a lot of that was his [input] and kind of the conflict between science and [nature]."

With such research, Ross also said that the tone will be straight, not campy. "I don't think we're going to wink at the audience and make it silly in any sort of way," he said. "I think we're going to take it seriously. We're going to treat it with a certain amount of dignity. We're not approaching this in a retro campy kind of way. It's set in present day. There are reasonable scientific underpinnings for it. It should really be a really interesting journey into the jungle both for the characters and for the audience. It's not a reference to what the original is. It's not referential that way. We take it sort of seriously."

"It'll draw from the original," he said. "My dad's favorite was The Creature Walks Among Us, the last one which he also wrote. My dad actually just died two weeks ago, so it's a very [personal film]. I think we'll be faithful."

By the way, Gary Ross says that he didn't intend to give the impression that Breck Eisner is no longer associated with the remake. Eisner is currently finishing up other projects and will return to focus on CFTBL once he is through with his project(s). The writer's strike messed up a lot of people's schedules and the schedule of Eisner is one of them.

Still No "Green Light" for the Remake
December 5 , 2008
Sci-fi.com

Creature From the Black Lagoon does not yet have a green light, but Ross is confident it will come together next year. "The movie is not green-lit," he said. "Let me say that. We hope to be making it sometime next year, so I don't want to send the wrong impression. We feel it's going to be. I think it'll be a very interesting movie."

Location Site Described
August 13 , 2008

(Source prefers to remain anonymous)


One of the locations for production of the CFTBL remake is near Pacaya-Samiria in Peru. Many people call that part of the Amazon the "Forest of Mirrors." Pacaya-Samiria is about 120 miles (190 kilometers) from Iquitos. The Marañon River runs through that area. The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is nearby and is called the "Jungle of the Mirrors." You can find out more information and view images on this area on the Great Peruvian Travel Agency website. Eisner talks more about this location in the entry on May 5. Below is a video of lagoons near the site of production.

Eisner Gives CFTBL Update
June 5, 2008
iF Magazine

Eisner tells iF magazine that he is still writing the script. They have been shooting exteriors in the Amazon and interiors here. Breck says that the movie will be a present-day period piece as the original movie was to the 1950's. They are still debating whether to do the movie in 3D. Breck also reports that the Gillman suit will be partly CG.

Says Eisner, "[The creature is] very faithful to the original. Anthropomorphic absolutely -- the only difference is he’ll swim a little better. The original swimming scenes in the original were awkward, because of the limitations of the suit, so he’ll be a little more comfortable in the water."

Members of the Creature from the Black Lagoon list group already have read about an accidental peak at the Gillman costume now in production. A fan was able to peak in a room at Universal and saw a tall model of the creature being formed, probably by Tim Flattery. The fan said the face is more stream-lined, green and very similar to the original.

Eisner Gets Ready for New Creature Remake
May 5, 2008
Scifi.com
Michael Szymanski

Director Breck Eisner spoke to SCI FI Wire about the Creature From the Black Lagoon remake:

"I want it to be authentic; I want it to be a sea of green rather than CG," said Eisner in an interview after a news conference on May 2 in Pasadena, Calif., to promote NBC's Fear Itself. "It is certainly easy to update the story. It was shot in modern times at the time it was originally made, and this will be shot today in the Amazon. We are updating the tone of the original."

Writer Gary Ross, who was nominated for best original screenplay for the Tom Hanks fantasy Big, has updated Creature From the Black Lagoon for Eisner.

Eisner said that a telephone pole and wire is clearly visible in some shots in the first Creature film, which was shot mostly on the Universal Studios back lot. "Of course, in those days nobody thought you'd be able to stop the film and freeze the frame," the director said with a laugh. "We had a crew in the Amazon in Peru... We found a place called the Forest of Mirrors, because you can see [from] overhead [that] there are so many lagoons on a thousand-mile green-carpet river, and we found the lagoon we're going to shoot in." He said the river water level drops 50 feet in the winter months.

Eisner will tackle the Creature after he is done with a remake of George Romero's The Crazies. He originally intended to do the SF horror thriller remake after doing Creature, but decided to reverse the projects. Both are being done for Universal.

Eisner Talks About the Remake
May 2 , 2008
Shock Till You Drop

Eisner recently spoke about the movie remake:
"We scouted the movie last year but got shut down when the writers strike happened," Eisner explains to us. "We had a crew in the Amazon where we're going to shoot all of the exteriors. We're shooting in Manaus, Brazil and on the Amazon in Peru. I want it to be authentic. I'm a big fan of Werner Herzog and Fitzcarraldo. Herzog got that authenticity. He shot in Manaus. So, we scouted for a month. There's this place called the Forest of Mirrors, because there are so many lagoons on a thousand mile green carpet river, and we found the lagoon we're going to shoot in."

The new Creature will take place in a contemporary setting, and, will feature a mixture of CG and practical FX. "The Creature has been designed, we've spent six months designing him." Eisner says Spectral Motion has built a maquette based on an appearance created by Mark "Crash" McCreery (Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean). "We went top shelf on it. It's very faithful to the original, but updated."

Asked if he was turning the Creature into a huge action spectacle like Universal's Mummy films, Eisner expresses a noted reverence for the studio's atmosphere-soaked originals like James Whale's Frankenstein and George Waggner's The Wolf Man. "We debated tone a thousand times. For me tone is the most interesting thing a filmmaker has and so the Creature is a creature, it's not a monster. That's my number one thing about the movie. We're not going to turn him into a monster. He's still going to be empathetic, he's still going to be deadly, he's still going to have a misguided means of expressing his interests in a woman, but it's uniquely the Creature. It's empathy for a deadly creature and tone plays a big part of that." Still, Eisner knows full well Universal is aiming for summer movie fare so, "it will deliver of action and excitement, but I want it to be scary. The Creature was scary when it first came out in '54 - it's not scary today - but that's what updating means to me, updating the tone of the original."

Production Manager Chosen
November 30, 2007
Production Charts

Cristen Carr Strubbe has been named the Production Manager of the remake. Leslie Urdang is assisting as Co-Producer along with Gary Ross. The movie synopsis is now listed as:

"The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, where they enter the domain of a prehistoric, amphibious "Gill Man" — possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater. Tranquilized, captured and brought aboard, the creature still manages to revive and escape — slaughtering several members of the team — and abducts their sole female member, spiriting her off to his mist-shrouded lair. This sparks the surviving crewmen to action — particularly those who fancy carrying the girl off themselves."

The Creature and Hellboy Together?
October 21 , 2007

IESB

It is now rumored that the Gillman may be appearing with Hellboy in an upcoming movie. Says Mike Richardson, the producer of Hellboy, "There might be something going on but I don’t think that I can talk about it…there might be something that is being discussed." He says that much of it will depend on the success of the upcoming movie, Hellboy 2.

Production to Begin in February
October 17 , 2007

ComingSoon.net

Universal is putting a priority on the production of the Creature From the Black Lagoon in order to beat a possible strike by the Screen Actors Guild. Production is set to begin on February of 2008.

Sneak Peak at the New Script
October 12 , 2007

IESB.net (and others)

The 124 page script has been leaked to a few individuals who are divulging the contents. Warning- There are spoilers below...

The movie opens with an ex-research fellow named Carrie and her fiance taking a trip down the Amazon. Their boat breaks down and they are assumed dead. They are stuck in the Amazon rainforest and after spending a difficult evening in the wild, they run into a pharmaceutical research vessel named the Deadelus. This vessel is on a secret expedition in uncharted territory. They are given a lift by the team leader, Morgan, and the research institute executive named Andrew.

Their destination is a lagoon with valuable black algae laying on its floor. They soon discover a strange effect the algae has on the area. Everything around is growing at an accelerated rate and regenerates when they try to clear a path to the lagoon. Andrew discovers a tree that grows its branches back after they were removed only hours before. Morgan then stakes his claim to the area. What would a horror movie be without a love story? A love triangle begins between Carrie, Andrew and John. In the distance, they are watched by a strange creature hiding in the foliage. The Gillman doesn't disappoint and later attacks raft dwellers, among others. In the remake, the Gillman may be a Gillwoman as she has younglings swimming with her. The creature is also much more mobile with the ability to climb trees and swing around rather than walking slowly.

Their first encounter with the Creature is when they capture one of babies. This makes the mother very angry, of course. Thus, the audience is able to root for the monster.

Tim Flattery Creates the Special Effects
October 11, 2007

IMDb

Concept artist Tim Flattery is busy creating the new look of the Gillman and other special effects in the upcoming CFTBL movie. Tim's work includes Pirates of the Caribbean and Mission Impossible.

Strike Entertainment to Produce with Garry Ross
June 20 , 2007

Variety

According to Coming Soon.net, the newly formed Strike Entertainment company is co-producing and co-financing Creature From the Black Lagoon with Garry Ross. Strike partners Marc Abraham and Eric Newman joined the franchise in pre-production.

CFTBL to Include an Environmental Theme
March 13, 2007

New Kerala

According to New Kerala, Hollywood News says the CFTBL remake will include an environmental theme woven into the movie (Probably the rain forest exploitation theme mentioned in the L.A. Daily News below).

Theme to Include Rain Forest Exploitation
March 11, 2007

L.A. Daily News & CBS News

According to the LA Daily News and CBS News, the theme of the remake will be of a "murderous fish-man of the Amazon is spawned by the sins of a pharmaceutical giant."

"It's about the rain forest being exploited for profit," explained Gary Ross...

Universal Negotiates for Huge Water Tank
February 23, 2007

Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin

Universal is negotiating for use of the massive water tank used to film underwater scenes in Fool's Gold. They want to use it to film underwater scenes for Creature From The Black Lagoon. The tank is a permanent fixture in Queensland, Australia. Arts Minister Rod Welford said the tank would give the Australian Gold Coast a competitive edge over other movie making cities.

Release Now Slated for 2008
November 10, 2006

Internet Movie Database

The Creature From the Black Lagoon remake is now slated for release sometime in 2008. No reason has been given for the delay. Production continues on the movie.

Creature From the Black Lagoon
November 8, 2006

Hollywood.com

The final production credits are as follows:
Gary Ross- Producer
Robin Bissell- Executive Producer
Arthur A. Ross- Producer
Allison Thomas- Executive Producer
Leslie Urdang- Producer
Larger Than Life Productions- Production Company


Brian Steele To Play Gillman

March 17, 2006

The Horror Channel

Universal Pictures has cast veteran creature performer Brian Steele to play the Creature in their remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, according to the Horror Channel. THC explains that Steele’s more recent gigs have included lycanthropic shennannigans in both 'Underworld' films, a Hell Knight in 'Doom' and the Drake Monster from 'Blade: Trinity'. He even played the creature in Stuart Gillard’s aptly titled TV movie 'Creature.' Breck Eisner is set to direct the pic, which is scripted by Gary Ross. In the original a scientific expedition traveling up the Amazon River encounter a dangerous humanoid amphibious fish creature. 

Another Look at the Script
December 25, 2005

The Horror Channel

The story opens with a preview piece of what the Creature is capable of, as he kills some natives searching for gold. The scene, like so many other aspects of this script, there for no reason other than to throw a scare at the audience right off the bat. Not a bad idea, considering almost nothing even remotely scary takes place within the next 50 or so pages (roughly 45 minutes of film time). And when those "scary moments" do come into play don't worry, there's nothing scary about them at all outside of cheap jumps.

So on with the story; a married couple has hired a boat to take them up the Amazon to spend some time in a tree top resort, the sort of thing only rich people can do. The husband, John, is a psychiatrist and the wife, Carrie, is apparently a former patient (though this is never said explicitly) who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome. In other words, she got tired a lot. So now she's all better and wants to travel up the Amazon, but John is still overly concerned about her well being, so much so that for the bulk of the script he's yelling at her to not to do something crazy or whining that she's leaving him behind when she's doing the crazy stuff. The both of them are annoying and useless for the most pat and have no point in this tale save to serve as the "normal" people in the mix and an excuse for everything to be explained to the audience...

Read the rest of the review here. That's two strikes against it. I'm beginning to get a little worried. Gary, please tell us there's more to the script than this!

A Peak at the Script!
December 21, 2005
The Latino Review

Ingredients:
1 couple including the heroine and her husband:
Carrie and John
1 mysterious vacation (?) to the Amazon for the couple
1 boat supposed to take the couple to their hotel that breaks down
1 bigger science vessel that intercepts saving the couple from a day of mosquitos, monkey screams and day-old carne asada
7+ cardboard cut out science vessel occupants including a scientist, a researcher, a chef, a dastardly ship 'captain', some assistants, some crew
1 blimp

Gently add:
Uncharted Amazon River tributaries thousands of miles away from any civilization

Stir in:
Spooky sights and sounds of the 'uncharted' Amazon
Some spooky natives in sceeerrry make-up and 1 whole 'Creature', along with any relatives if you can find them.

Mix until desired consistency, place batter in toilet, flush several times and sojourn to the living room (or where ever it is that you watch movies) and pop in the DVD for Batman Begins and forget you ever heard of such a concept...

See the rest of the script review here. Let's hope they make a lot of improvements to the script!

The remake is a Go!!
May 29, 2005
Pertinent Link
by Victor Salva

Flash!! We have great news. The Creature from the Black Lagoon remake has just become a green lit project at Universal Studios.  The script has already been written (by Gary Ross, a relative of the original screenwriter for the original film) and a director --Brett Rattner-- has been assigned to the project. We will keep you up to date on the details as they come in.

Creature cut from 'Van Helsing'
April 30, 2004
East Aurora Advertiser

LOS ANGELES, Apr 30, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Hollywood director has revealed the Creature from the Black Lagoon did not make the cut for the upcoming "Van Helsing" monster film.

Stephen Sommers, assembled the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, Igor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Count Dracula and his brides for "Van Helsing," a film about a vampire hunter, but said the Creature did not make it past the initial script, Zap2it.com reported Friday.

"We had a castle that had a moat, and who better than the Creature from the Black Lagoon to be living there, but that was only in the first draft of the script," Sommers said. "He didn't make it in any of the other versions, and we never shot a scene with him in it. It was just too much."

The Hugh Jackman-starring film, next Friday, revolves around a number of Universal Pictures legendary horror characters from the 1930s, which may have contributed to the Creature's premature demise from the film. The "Creature from the Black Lagoon," a relative youngster, debuted in 1954.

Creature Remake Delayed Until 2005
January 21,2004

According to the The Web Film Release Schedulethe Creature remake has been delayed until 2005. Forever we wait!!!

Del Toro Not Attached to 'Creature' Remake
November 14, 2003

'Hellboy' director Guillermo del Toro has posted the following on the official Hellsite message boards in regard to his oft-rumored attachment to a 'Creature' remake:

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON I have never been in development with this property. I just pitched a possible idea to do a Jules Verne sort of adaptation of the premise. I am now part of tha many guys that have "pitched" a CFTBL movie( Carpenter, Landis, etc) in a way I am relieved, Seeing the original with my daughter made me realize how perfect it is- Oh, Julie!

Trouble on the Creature Movie Front

24th April 2003
From The Z Review

Creature From The Black Lagoon Update: Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that he is no longer interested in remaking Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Wednesday 23rd April 2003:
Creature From The Black Lagoon Update: Guillermo Del Toro has just written the following online about Creature from the Black Lagoon "I want to set the story in Victorian times during the exploration of the Amazon. The original Creature was essentially King Kong, but I want to make it more a 'beauty and the beast' fable. I want the look and feel to be akin to Jules Verne's tales like 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. I want to increase the horror edge and make it really scary, because my archaeological explorers will discover an area of the Amazon that has been kept on a tangential track of evolution alongside mankind. So there will be giant carnivorous squid, prehistoric sharks and weird alternate lifeforms that shouldn't really exist in such a fresh-water environment. Fish do truly have either an angelic or devilish quality, and I want to play on that. The Creature will be the Man of this exotic world," del Toro explains. "He will be very smart and able to turn the tables on his human hunters. I have a scene where the hunters find fossil remains and realize that the Creature's brain cavity is larger than a human one. He's not the lumbering, roaring monster of Ricou Browning's day, but a sophisticated Gill Man that will come to life through a mix of CGI and a man in a suit. In the original film, the Creature falls in love with the Julie Adams character. The twist in my version is that the girl will also fall in love with him. I want her to almost get it on with the Creature!"

Wednesday 12th March 2003: The Creature From The Black Lagoon Update: Writer Tedi Sarafian has been hired to pen a remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon for producer Gary Ross' Universal-based Larger Than Life company. Ross' father, Arthur Ross, penned the script of the original 1954 creature feature.

The Creature Remake Slated for Release in 2004Film Releases

The Creature From the Black Lagoon is scheduled for release sometime in 2004.


From The JoBlo Movie Review
New Writer is Hired
March, 2003

Universal Pictures has hired writer Tedi Sarafian to write their remake of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON for producer Gary Ross (PLEASANTVILLE). Sarafian most recently wrote the script for TERMINATOR 3 and previously wrote TANK GIRL and THE ROAD KILLERS. While Ross might seem an odd fit for a monster film like CREATURE, his father, Arthur Ross, wrote the original and his son is keeping the legacy alive. Universal is hot on marketing their monster archives after THE MUMMY saw so much success.

Del Toro to Uni's Creature Redo
August 07, 2002
From IGN Insider

Universal is remaking the 1954 classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. 

There has been much confusion (for me anyway) surrounding a recent report on the Production Weekly website. They reported, in their August 3rd edition, that actor Benicio del Toro was attached to direct a remake of Universal's 1954 classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Huh? Yeah, you read that right, Benicio del Toro, not popular genre director Guillermo del Toro.Ê Although Benicio, star of films like Traffic and The Way of the Gun, has directed before - his short film Submission debuted at the 1998 Venice International Film Festival - I thought the report had to be a mistake... Somebody must've gotten their wires crossed somewhere. A project like The Creature project is right up Guillermo's alley!

Now, after some careful checking, IGN FilmForce can confirm that it is Guillermo del Toro who is attached to the project, naturally. Sources tell us that Guillermo has been circling the property for quite awhile, and that the deal was just recently sealed. It has simply not been announced officially due to the number of projects that the director has on his plate. Del Toro, who is tied up with Hellboy for the next two years, has his hand in at least a half-dozen other films in various stages of development.

He'll likely follow Hellboy with The Coffin, a comic book adaptation which will be scripted by Tim McCanlies (The Iron Giant). After that he'll probably tackle Mephisto's Bridge or Montecristo (a.k.a. Left Hand of Darkness), a couple of projects that are pretty much ready to go when he wants them. Then, he could take on At the Mountains of Madness - sources say that Matthew Robbins (Dragonslayer, Mimic) is currently working on that treatment. Not to mention the CG-animated Wind in the Willows adaptation for Disney!

So, where does all this leave The Creature? We're not exactly sure but it could come sooner than later. Sources say that Guillermo is extremely excited about the project (he's a huge fan of the original) and to expect a far more faithful adaptation than, say, Stephen Sommers' The Mummy.

The classic Universal horror flick tells what happens when an expedition group searching for fossils along the Amazon discovers a prehistoric "Gill Man" in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the creature, but it soon breaks free. The Gill Man returns and kidnaps Kay, a female member of the expedition with whom it has fallen in love.

-- Brian Linder

From Cinema Confidential
Guillermo del Toro Helming "Creature from the Black Lagoon" Remake
POSTED ON 08/05/02 AT 2:00 P.M.
BY THOMAS CHAU

Production Weekly reports that "Blade 2" director Guillermo del Toro is set to direct a remake of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon," an old monster film from the black and white days.

The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Plans are for the project to shoot in Australia.


The B Movie Month in Review- Del Toro to Tackle "Creature"
September, 2002
From B Monster Bulletin

Rumors regarding the Gill Man's reinvigoration have varied wildly over the past two decades. Now, according to Production Weekly, Guillermo del Toro will likely direct the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" remake. The new version will be shot on location in Queensland, Australia and at last report will "loosely follow" the plot of the original and much-beloved 1954 classic. How "loosely"? As defined by contemporary example, this could mean that the only thing they'll retain is the lagoon, and this director's tastes have tended to lean toward the dark and Gothic. Del Toro's most recent film was the slickly directed, slash-happy bloodfest, "Blade 2." His other credits include "Cronos," "Mimic" and "The Devil's Backbone." He is next scheduled to direct a big-screen adaptation of the comic book series "Hellboy."


Del Toro Wants the Creature Remake

From Dominion News

In a recent interview with Fangoria, director Guillermo del Toro spilled the beans on "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" as well as the latest information on "Hellboy" and "At The Mountains Of Madness."

Anyone who listened to the commentary on the DVD of "Blade II" knows how cool of a director Guillermo del Toro is. He's funny, passionate and damn talented. If anyone was to tackle "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" I would want it to be him.

But how serious is this project? "Very serious indeed," del Toro told Fangoria. "Universal is going through their entire back monster catalog thanks to the success of the MUMMY movies." Stephen Sommers' VAN HELSING continues that. I'd rather direct CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON than watch someone else screw it up. That was my thought when Universal called me in for talks.

"I'll be given carte blanche to develop the story, although I will bring in another writer," he continues. "I want to set the story in Victorian times during the exploration of the Amazon. The original Creature was essentially King Kong, but I want to make it more a 'beauty and the beast' fable. I want the look and feel to be akin to Jules Verne's tales like 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. I want to increase the horror edge and make it really scary, because my archaeological explorers will discover an area of the Amazon that has been kept on a tangential track of evolution alongside mankind. So there will be giant carnivorous squid, prehistoric sharks and weird alternate lifeforms that shouldn't really exist in such a fresh-water environment. Fish do truly have either an angelic or devilish quality, and I want to play on that.

"The Creature will be the Man of this exotic world," del Toro explains. "He will be very smart and able to turn the tables on his human hunters. I have a scene where the hunters find fossil remains and realize that the Creature's brain cavity is larger than a human one. He's not the lumbering, roaring monster of Ricou Browning's day, but a sophisticated Gill Man that will come to life through a mix of CGI and a man in a suit. In the original film, the Creature falls in love with the Julie Adams character. The twist in my version is that the girl will also fall in love with him. I want her to almost get it on with the Creature!"

Boy, how nuts is that? There's also talk of filming in 3-D, but don't hold your breath for that to happen and there's also talk that Benicio Del Toro (TRAFFIC) would love to star in it.

On the long coming HELLBOY project (based on the Mike Mignolia comic) del Toro says that the cast is set, "HELLBOY stars Ron Perlman, Selma [LEGALLY BLONDE] Blair, Czech actor Karel [15 MINUTES] Roden and hopefully John Hurt. My story is based on the character's origins."

What about his other projects, particularly the Lovecraft adapted AT THE MONTAINS OF MADNESS?

"THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE took me 16 years to make. When I get involved in a project, I'm in for the long haul even if they take years to get right. They are my children, and I want to protect them. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, THE LIST OF 7 and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS are still all in my field of vision. If anyone is in a hurry, they should move on, and the people I work with are very aware of that."

Guillermo's Word is Law
August 21. 2002

By Ryan Rotten

If he's not busy prepping 'Hellboy' he's slaving (happily, of course) away writing the H.P. Lovecraft 'At the Mountains of Madness' with 'Mimic' co-writer Matthew Robbins on the weekends. And when he's not involving himself in the upcoming 'Cronos' DVD he's crackling with ideas for 'Mephisto's Bridge' and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'.

Guillermo del Toro is proving to be one of the busiest bogeymen in Hollywood right now.

Your devoted Rotten one, the mighty Johnny Butane, the ghoulish Girlcreeture, and the mysterious Inspector had a chance to hang with the incredibly friendly Guillermo before he had to step on stage and discuss 'Hellboy' at this past Sunday's Weekend of Horrors event. Curious as ever about the long-in-development 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' remake (something Guillermo has recently been attached to) I had to get some kind of confirmation as to whether the rumors were true or if Guillermo's involvement was hopeful wishing on Universal's part. Sure enough, del Toro's attached. His hopes are to not set the Creature remake in a modern day, technology-heavy world but to set his Black Lagoon adventure in the late 1800s! Amen to that, brother. Where, exactly, the Creature film will fit into his schedule is undetermined. Hmmm, let's see, if 'Hellboy' is slated for a 2004 release...


*UPDATE!* The Creature to Live Again?
August 5, 2002
From Creature Corner

By Johnny Butane
Contributing sources: CHUD

Creature in waterWe're going to set this in the rumor bin for right now, but it is being reported by two reputable sources...

Seems that plans are under way in Universal's home camp to do the one thing Ryan Rotten wishes he could do in Hollywood: remake 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon'. Or is that he wishes he could stop it from happening? I can never remember.

Earlier today it was reported that Spanish actor Benicio del Toro was in line to direct the movie for Universal. While this was big news, the truth is even bigger. It was the wrong del Toro, friends. The 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' remake is being helmed by none other than Guillermo del Toro. Wow.

Sources report that, much like our own Rotten one, 'Creature' is one of Guillermo's favorite movies of all time, so this is like a dream come true. The official announcement has not been made yet, mainly because the man has about 50 other films lined up to be made first. 'At the Mountains of Madness', 'Mephisto's Bridge', not to mention 'Hellboy'...God knows when we'll see this. But we will. And that's all I need to make my day.

Cinescape Movie News

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Remake

December 12, 2001

Universal bringing Gillman back to the big screen.
By: FRANK KURTZ
By: News Editor
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Universal Pictures is looking to remake one of its most beloved monster films, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

Gary Ross' Larger Than Life Prods. shingle will handle the film, which will be produced by helmer Gary Ross with his father, Arthur A. Ross. The senior Ross co-wrote the original 1954 classic's script.

At this point, the project has no screenwriter or helmer.

While talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Gary Ross spoke of tackling the project, saying, "The story my father wrote embodies the clash between primitive men and civilized men, and that obviously makes it a fertile area for re-examination. Plus, I'm thrilled to be working with my dad."

For the two or three of you who never saw the original, it tells the story of a search for prehistoric fossils along the Amazon River. The search for the remains of a fish man brings a party of naturalists to the Black Lagoon, where they encounter a living specimen of the fossil they seek. The film, directed by Jack Arnold, transcended its sci-fi roots resulting in a powerful film that works on a number of intellectual levels while establishing the last truly great Universal Monster icon.

Next up for Ross is an untitled supernatural romantic comedy starring Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman.


HFA Film News Archive
June 7, 1999

As Stephen Somers latest film "The Mummy" still racks in the bucks (7.5million this week total now of 127.6 mill), a rumour has hit Darkhorizons that he has been asked to Direct a remake of "Creature From the Black Lagoon". The following is a quote from DH posted by Mr Brownings's Opus, "Stephen Sommers has been approached to do a "campy" remake of "Creature From The Black Lagoon" for Universal. It's set in a newly built hotel complex out in Florida. The movie is slated to be produced through Will Smith's company, at Universal." Somers has become hot property of late. Last week he was short listed by Spileberg for Jurassic Park 3. Well whtever the case, it won't be Julie Adams playing Kay Lawrence. So who could Hollywood cast in that position? That is going to be one HOT role.



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