Greg Nicotero Wants New CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Reboot With Robert Rodriguez

Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero has often spoken with director Robert Rodriguez about developing a reboot of Creature from the Black Lagoon together.

Nicotero tells “I think for any creature, monster kid, [Creature] is the quintessential monster movie. I think Robert Rodriguez and I always talk about like, ‘Hey, man. Maybe we should co-direct a Creature from the Black Lagoon movie.”

He adds: “Because he and I have identical tastes. We love Jaws. We love The Thing. We love Escape from New York and Blade Runner. We toy with the idea of like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we remade [Black Lagoon]?’ And I know they’ve been trying to do it forever, but, for me, that’s the quintessential Universal Monster movie.”

He continues: “All of these remakes and retellings and stuff, the one thing that they need to have is they need to have respect and passion for the genre. It’s not just taking a title and putting your own spin on it because anybody can put whatever spin they want on it because everyone’s going to have a different approach, but you have to have respect for the original material.

He adds: “I feel like that, for me, is one of the things that really drives me, because I have respect for the storytelling that was done on the original Creepshow and everything that George did, everything that [Stephen King] has done. So, to have the ability to approach a project like that with respect, I just feel is the key ingredient in the success of rebooting anything.”


The original film begins when remnants of a mysterious animal come to light in a remote jungle. A group of scientists set out to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. Now the scientists must brave the most perilous piece of land in South America. But the terrain is nothing compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being that endangers their work and their lives.

Creature from the Black Lagoon sports a solid 78% over on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: A solid, atmospheric creature feature, Creature from the Black Lagoon entertains without attempting to be deeper than it needs.

If it seems like rumors of a Black Lagoon reboot pop up every week, it’s because they do. Hell, I remember way back in – what? – 2015, Scarlett Johansson was being courted to play the lead role that Julie Adams made famous in the 1954 original.

Back in July 2018, we heard a rumor that screenwriter Max Landis (Bright, Victor Frankenstein) was writing a remake. But that never happened. Then back in 2017, Universal Pictures tasked Castle, Training Day, Gangster Squad, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall to pen a reboot. Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who were heading Universal’s Dark Universe back then were producing.

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