Eisner Not a Lock for Creature Remake?
Some interesting news broke today regarding Universal's pending remake of the Fifties classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon. For months now we've been hearing (and dreading) the choice of Breck Eisner as director for the film, but in a recent interview it seems like we all may be in luck!
Producer/screenwriter Gary Ross told Collider that Eisner's name hasn't been associated with the movie for quite some time now, and that it has not even been greenlit yet.
Let's hear from the man himself ...
"I’m producing it. We’re actually moving forward," Ross told the site in a recent interview, "It’s certainly going to be based on the original; my dad’s favorite was The Creature Walks Among Us and that was the last one which my dad also wrote. It’s not going to be campy [and] it’s not a reference to what the original was. It’s not reverential that way. We take it 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."
When asked about if the Creature would be live action or CG, Ross had this to say: "Those are decisions that will always be made during prep. The movie is not greenlit – let me say that. But we hope to be making it sometime next year."
Interesting. Personally, being that Creature is one of my all-time favorite movies, I'm happily breathing a sigh of relief. At the very least now I am positive we won't be seeing Chris Tucker or Jackie Chan fighting the monster kung-fu style.
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