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CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Remake Really Up and Running'!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

That’s the rumor, anyway, and once again, Gary Ross appears to be the man writing the film. Makes sense. His father, Arthur A. Ross, was one of the writers who created the Gill Man in the first place. I remember talking to Gary Ross about this film as far back as the fall of ’91, asking him about what he’d do with it. I also remember talking to Guillermo Del Toro at one point, and he pitched his entire take on the film to me. It’s heartbreaking that his version didn’t happen, because it would have been one of the craziest, sweatiest, freakiest updates of a Universal Monster ever.

As it stands now, the rumor has Brett Ratner stepping in to direct this, which I guess means that the earliest they could start filming would be next summer after X3 hits theaters.


And thanks to everyone who gave us the heads-up.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • July 27, 2005, 4:57 a.m. CST

    It was all about...

    by Turducken

    The Zipper

  • July 27, 2005, 5 a.m. CST

    do you guys in America still have drive-in cinemas?

    by mansep

    films like this work best there. i've never felt the desire to watch films like this at a proper cinema.... actually i've never felt the desire to watch films like this.

  • July 27, 2005, 5:07 a.m. CST

    "Can I get a towel here?"

    by I Dunno

    Revenge of the Creature, Best.MST3K.Ever.

  • July 27, 2005, 5:10 a.m. CST

    I hate Hollywood

    by theoneofblood

    Please... no more... I can't take it...

  • July 27, 2005, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Keep the look of the original, I beg you. There's no way to

    by FrankDrebin

    I've got the 1963 Aurora kit on my knick-knack shelf. You can still get it, 42 years later. (Aurora folded in 1978, but a company called Polar Lights picked up the rights.)

  • July 27, 2005, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Forget Bratner and go with Ole' F'tang F'tang Biscui

    by Regis Travolta

    You can't do better than Biscuit-Barrell. Unless you hired Johan Gambleputty de Von Ausferdshpleden Von Hauptkopf auf Ulm. He's great!

  • July 27, 2005, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I don't mind a Creature remake but PLASE keep that ratfuck R

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Geez I'd rather see Jim Wynorski direct this than that Ratner hackster.

  • July 27, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    The Creature

    by MaguaSynfield

    I hope they don't mess with the look of the Creature - other than the zipper, he was one of the coolest looking movie monsters ever. Jesus, how many of us growing up then had that Aurora model kit? And that scene where he's swimming underneath the girl...priceless. I tremble for what these clowns will do to my gillman...

  • July 27, 2005, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Remake the remake of the sequel to the remake of the prequel to

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Then do a franchise crossover, too.

  • July 27, 2005, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by dr_dreadlocks

    "What the fuck is a Man-Thing anyway?"

  • July 27, 2005, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Buck Rogers in the Black Lagoon

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I say give the part of the Gill man to the original Gil-Man, Mr. Gil Gerrard. And how about a little Erin Gray in a scuba suit?

  • July 27, 2005, 8:12 a.m. CST

    It's either a total vacuum of new ideas- even really crummy

    by Stan the Bat

    Either way, it's an embarassing comment on our culture.

  • July 27, 2005, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Mori - Ratner is not signed for anything...

    by genro

    This was a choice of Ratty's when Rush Hour 3 began to fall apart. He didn't sign and fell into X3. The "leak" was an attempt by Ross to get things moving. Uni has nothing in place.

  • July 27, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by genro

    go to DH. Hopefully he's starring.

  • July 27, 2005, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Keep it in 3D!

    by RenoNevada2000

    But keep Ratner away.

  • July 27, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST

    i hope i'm still alive when they start remaking remakes

    by fried samurai

    Because thats when we'll have some great films.Personally a remake shouldnt be made unless it can be improved(Cronenberg)or taken in a totally different direction(Carpenter).So in 50 years when Hollywood is running out of ideas thats assuming of course that they go through some great Rennesance in the next decade.Then theyll look back at all the remakes and realize that they were subpar films and remake them into great films.So when Im 80 Ill have a bunch of great remakes of remakes to check out with my senior pass...peace

  • July 27, 2005, 9:08 a.m. CST

    This just makes me sad.

    by cagirl

    Another classic "grave robbed" because hollywood can't think of anything new.

  • July 27, 2005, 9:16 a.m. CST

    teh only reason this is being made...

    by calami-shami

    ...or rather REMADE, is because of PJ's King KOng. Every body gotta look at the trailer and blew their load thinking how much money they could make off that. Ratner is not PJ, nor will he ever come close.

  • July 27, 2005, 9:17 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter should direct it.

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Wasn't John Carpenter's name once attached to this project? Considering the amazing job he did in remaking The Thing (a genuine classic), I don't think there is anyone more qualified for the job. Just compare Brett Ratner's filmography with that of Mr. Carpenter. No contest.

  • July 27, 2005, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Remakes, Revisions & Retreads OH MY!

    by Graphix67

    I think the saddest part about the gross and blatant lack of originality currently seeping out of Hollywood is that there are some air-headed empty suits pulling down 6-figure incomes for saying: "Hey! Let's re-do Creature from the Black Lagoon!" ...*SIGH*

  • July 27, 2005, 10:37 a.m. CST

    re Ivan :Carpenter was once gonna do this

    by fried samurai

    But that was back in the hey day when he was making good films.If he can revive some of that magic like he did while making THE THING this would be cool.But unfortunatly from what he's been churning out the last couple of years Itll probably be more like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED.Id be really interested to hear what Del Toro's ideas were.He really digs Lovecraft and I could see this going in that direction....peace

  • July 27, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Hurrah! Hurrah! Yet another remake! Hooray for Hollywood! (drip

    by Orbots Commander

  • July 27, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST

    If they can only do the same justice to the Creature as Van Hels

    by Pan Demonium

    ...Christ, I can't even finish that sentence. Damn You, Hollywood!!

  • July 27, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Are any of the original actors still alive?

    by Mel Garga

    The man inside the original creature's suit was a local lifeguard recruited because the actor hired couldn't swim for shit. The lifeguard did the film and some sequels and apparently went on to a hearty little career as a stuntman. The film was shot at the source of the Wakulla River outside Tallahassee because of its great visibility. The river also served as the exotic African landscape for the orignal Weismueller [sic] Tarzan films, as well as the exterior fuselage shots for Airport '72 or whatever it was called. And yes - I'm bored.

  • July 27, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Stephen Somners

    by steveinbaltimore

  • July 27, 2005, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Remake the Creature. That is sacred in the way KONG is sacred. Do not remake it unless you really have the vision, commitment and belief in the project. Oh, and please get a decent Director. My fear is that this is going to be a campy CGI Crapfest and I just know that is what they are going to do. For Gods sake, PLEASE bring in Stan Winston on this and use as little CGI as humanly possible. Oh, and put Jennifer Connely in the female lead. This has gotta hinge on good direction and an absolutley iconic Creature design. Please get it right. Anything that resembles the Stephen Sommers Mummy films are exactly what NOT to do when updating your classic monsters. You still have Frankenstien, Dracula and the Wolfman left unscarred by recent bad remakes. Follow the KONG that Jackson is doing and do it right and they just may last another 40 years....

  • The guy is an amazing director. Why are the Hollywood studios throwing money at hacks like Ratner and not bowing before the skill the Guillermo???

  • July 27, 2005, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I think Carpenter was once going to do it with a John Sayles scr

    by chickychow

    ...Which makes total sense... But I like the idea of Gary Ross writing it, he obviously has a fondness for old-timey movies (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit), and he writes a decent screenplay. Brett Ratner, no. No, not at all. Not a big Del Toro fan, either... I'd honestly rather see Stephen Sommers direct it (I'm A Deep Rising fan). Or, I dunno, Gore Verbinski.

  • July 27, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    "i hope i'm still alive when they start remaking remakes"

    by Stan the Bat

    Congratulations- you made it! King Kong is a remake of a remake.

  • July 27, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Remaking remakes?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    "The Fly" 2006, directed by Todd Lincoln. "The Thing" 2006, directed by Hack Darabont.

  • July 27, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST

    stan the bat

    by fried samurai

    i cant beleive that one totally slipped my mind..must be the drugs...peace

  • July 27, 2005, 4:29 p.m. CST

    That's nothing.

    by yellowoystercult

    The original's already been ruined for me by a jazz band that gave the film a new soundtrack and tried do pull an MST3K. It was horrendous. And as far as remakes go, I don't mind what they do as long as no one touches Plan 9 until after I get a crack at it.

  • July 27, 2005, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Definitely a sex scene with a bikini beach blonde

    by zinc_chameleon

    and the Creature. He can now move thanks to GGI, and have a hydraulic pecker, ILM can handle that.. However, his pecker should also have spines, or fins, to make it more aqua-dynamically efficient, and also to make the blonde think she's died and gone to Heaven. God, what a great era for special effects!

  • July 27, 2005, 5:27 p.m. CST

    The gill-man aint got shit on the Humanoids from the Deep . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    "Will I get splinters?"

  • July 27, 2005, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Carpenter's CFTBL Script...

    by genro

    It was his and someone else, but not Sayle's. It's based around an underwater MAYAN temple that the creature lived in...sort of like O'bannon's original Alien concept...It did seem to have a Thing feel to it, in the sense that they expedition crew were isolated and under attack...Crapenter left when Ivan Reitman got himself attatched and wanted to do The Creature From The BLACK Lagoon, (JC's emphasis), which was about a housing project built near the lagoon...this was also aorund the time Will Smith was going to be involved...luckily, Reitman lost all clout and was released from the deal.

  • July 27, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but The Thing and The Fly are substantially different from

    by Stan the Bat

    ...whereas the 70s King Kong was pretty much the same flick, only everybody had feathered haircuts and rollerskates on and so forth 'cause it was the 70s. For that matter, Psycho was remade shot-for-shot (maybe they thought there was an Oscar category for Most Pointless Exercise?), and then of course there's that movie with the chainsaws too.

  • July 27, 2005, 10:16 p.m. CST

    You know... I could say so many things...

    by Neosamurai85

    But my brain is still resisting this... it's a S.E.P. it's a S.E.P. and someone needs a hot potato... Peace.

  • July 27, 2005, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Who did the Gillman costume for The Monster Squad?

    by Osmosis Jones

    Whoever he was, hire *him* for the Creature remake.

  • July 27, 2005, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Please put down the bong and go see Devil's Rejects

    by Bulldoggie

    Like I did! You'll be glad you did

  • They have the same title and basic premise but both of those films went in completely different directions from the original films they were based on. Ridiculously needless movies like Psycho '98, The Island (whoops, did I say that? I just got handed a subpoena) and the upcoming King Kong, those are remakes.

  • July 28, 2005, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Bill Paxton is in this as the Lead

    by uberman

    Common, Cool news-I got that off of an Aussie site. Get with the show.

  • July 28, 2005, 3:25 p.m. CST

    The Gil Man in the 80's flick "The Monster Squad" looked way

    by King Conan

    if they let the morons who FUCKED up Van Helsing (man never have I seen a movie with SO MUCH going on and STILL being bored out of my fuckin head at the same time) then this pic has no hope. WE NEED BETTER STORIES YOU HOLLYWOOD MORONS!

  • July 28, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Robert Evans vs. Gil Gerard

    by vinylsaurus

    "Quit your belly-achin', Buck Rogers! It's only a diver's watch!" -Patton Oswalt

  • July 28, 2005, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Pan Demonium

    You wrote: "You still have Frankenstien, Dracula and the Wolfman left unscarred by recent bad remakes." ...I can only assume that you have not seen Van Helsing, or you have just repressed the memory of it to save your own sanity. Either case would be highly recommended, because Frank, Drac, and Wolfie were not just scarred by that crapfest, they were spat upon and left bleeding in the gutter. I only hope the Creature is going to avoid the same fate as his monsterous Universal brothers, because fading into obscurity would be preferrable to being "re-imagined" in some new, "Totally X-Treme", Poochie-from-The-Simpsons way... Pan out.

  • July 28, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST

    It could be worse

    by mascan

    Universal could have given the remake rights to another one of their classic monster series to Steven Sommers.

  • July 28, 2005, 11:17 p.m. CST

    The funy thing is...

    by decfx

    I've heard rumors of this remake since the late 80s and originally John Carpenter was set to direct.

  • July 29, 2005, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Great. A CGI monster and probably Will Smith saying "oh no you d

    by ZeroCorpse

    Yearg. Lets just crap on all the old movies, why don't we?

  • July 29, 2005, 3:15 a.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse, don't forget "Ahh, Helllll no."

    by one9deuce

    Lets get used to the fact that most of the good film ideas were already used in the 20th Century. For example, we are ALWAYS going to have Superman, Batman, and Spider-man movies every couple of decades, and we're ALWAYS going to have Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman movies every couple of decades. It's just a point of fact. Luckily some gifted filmmakers have been behind a lot of the remakes. The Fly and The Thing are both great examples. I think King Kong is certainly in the best hands possible. Peter Jackson is coming off the single greatest triumph in motion picture history, so he has the kind of clout to do King Kong as good as we could hope. As far as The Creature from the Black Lagoon goes, I think the idea is really limited, but with the right people behind it a monster movie can always be fun. It's too bad that Stephen Sommers did Van Helsing, because that is a really great concept on paper. Imagine any one of these directors behind the concept for Van Helsing: David Fincher, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg.

  • July 30, 2005, 12:53 a.m. CST

    The Thing Remake...

    by Neosamurai85

    The smart thing about that one was it went back to the story that the first film was loosely based on and played it closer to how it was meant to be: A shape shifter insted of some Frankenstein monster from space. Peace.

  • July 31, 2005, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

  • July 31, 2005, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    What about Mr. "Here's Johnny!" pissing on James Spader? Not really a Wolf-man remake, I seem to recall it in a box set with Dracruelhair and Frankeneel. But in fairness, I thinf all three had some redeemable elements... the works had been far more shat on by privious studio cash-ins. In fact, I even managed to like Wolf and Dracula. Anyone remember that crazy Kung-fu Hyde film Francis made? The Horror indeed! Peace.

  • July 31, 2005, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    I thinf my feyboard is brofen. Kuck! Peace.