Remake Alert! Creature from the Black Lagoon

by Joey Paur

So here we are awaiting the remake of another classic 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'. This is obviously being done by Universal directing the film is 'Sahara' director Breck Eisner. The first director on board was Stephen Sommers but now he gets to ruin G.I. Joe.

So what does Eisner have planned?

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."

I like where his head is at with this. I have faith in this project.  Gary Ross is writing the Script. Has wrote the script for th movie 'Seabiscuit' so that will help things along as well.

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