Remake not even greenlit yet
Producer and screenwriter of the inevitable Creature from the Black Lagoon remake Gary Ross provided an update to the press on the status of the project.
He revealed a few surprising things. First, it appears Breck Eisner – who we spoke to about the film at the beginning of the summer – does not have a secure position in the director’s chair. Ross says a director is “undecided” and that “the movie is not greenlit â let me say that. But we hope to be making it sometime next year.”
The rest of his chat, which can be found here, is the usual CG versus practical Creature talk we’ve discussed before (see the aforementioned Eisner interview). Ross also adds the story will be taken seriously. “We found some scientific underpinnings for it which my dad actually found in the original. He based it on a lungfish he found around that time, a lot of that was his. We’re not approaching it in a campy, retro sort of way.”
Universal’s proposed Creature redo has been mired in development hell for decades. Maybe we’ll see some progress in 2009. As for Eisner, he’s kicking off the year directing a remake of The Crazies with Timothy Olyphant.