Director Breck Eisner has become the go to guy on remakeing movies. He is currently in the process of remaking George Romero's 'The Crazies', and he is also attacted to direct two other huge film remakes 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon' and 'Flash Gordon'. There has not been a lot of news regarding the production of these two film because they are still in early stages of pre-production, but from the sound of it things are movie right along. Eisner recently talked about the two films in a current interview with Arrow in the Head in which he says:
"I love them both, they're both big movies. I think I will push both of them forward at full pedal and hope one of them goes first."
I would think that is a pretty big undertaking but the guy is obviously up for the challenge of bringing these films back to life. On the Satus of Flash Gordon he reports that a draft of the script is currently being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and they will have that ready by the time 'The Crazies' is wrapped. He also says:
"The thing about FLASH is, you've got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real. For me it's about reinventing FLASH - we're still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It's this man brought to another planet and uniting the disperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It's not camp."
I am really interested to see how this on turns out. Flash Gordon is a great character to play with, and gritty sci-fi films always tend to be pretty cool. I can't wait to see what he has in mind visually. The sky is the limit for a film like this, well, depending on what the budget is depends on how high they can fly, but I think it could end up being pretty amazing. As for The Creature for The Black Lagoon he tells us:
"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."
Awesome! Hell, why not make it scary. Just because it is PG-13 doesn't mean it wont be good. Sam Raimi's 'Drag Me To Hell' will be PG-13 and it had a great amount of scare factor in it. This is also sounds like it could be a good movie to get excited for. I am a fan of the original film, and I really want to see what he ends up doing with the creature. The big question is will it be a guy in a costume or CGI?
What are your thoughts on the update from Eisner on these two movies?