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Updated: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Remake Moving Forward Without Breck Eisner? Not So Fast Mr Beaks!

Hey folks, Harry here - just received an email from Gary Ross in the dead of night, guess he's a night owl like me. Gary and I once spent hours talking about his father's work and plans for a remake of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON all the way back around the time of PLEASANTVILLE... anyway, you don't want to hear about old stories, you want to hear what Gary had to say about Latino Review's story. It seems that it was at an end of a long junket for Gary, and he was needing to make a bathroom break and didn't want to really chime in on another director's directing ideas and answered with all the consideration that one tired of questions and needing a bathroom break makes... ie... not an expanded and thoughtful response. First off, BRECK EISNER is very much attached and he regrets giving anyone an impression to the otherwise. And he said, "I PROMISE the creature will not be some weird CG invention that disappoints his loyal fans." He also wanted to thank Beaks for the kind words about his father below... So that's the real story from Gary Ross!

Beaks here...

A year ago, Breck Eisner was headed for South America to shoot the remake of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON for Universal and writer/producer Gary Ross. Then the WGA strike happened, Eisner moved on to another remake (of George A. Romero's no-frills classic, THE CRAZIES), and it was off to development hell with The Gill Man. Now comes word from Latino Review's George "El Guapo" Roush that the CREATURE redo might be moving forward again. Speaking with Ross at today's THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX press junket, Roush learned that a) they're hoping to shoot the movie next year, b) Eisner is apparently off the project, and c) they're talking to "some directors". As for whether one of those directors is Rob Zombie (a possibility I wasn't aware of), Ross wouldn't say. Ross also discussed the tone of his CREATURE script and the possibility of CG monster (No!). Click here to read the rest of his comments. (Very sorry to hear that Ross's father, Arthur, who wrote the first CREATURE and the fascinating third film in the series, THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, passed away two weeks ago.)

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  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    so I guess Gillman

    by The Amazing G

    will be a redneck?

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    instead of Africa, it's a pond in Georgia

    by The Amazing G

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    First baby!!

    by Shooter351

    Creature is one of my all time favorite monsters. Love to see a remake.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by Shooter351

    Thought I had my first first.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    I beat ya!

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    anybody hear about the update on the Tarzan remake?

    by Charlie_Allnut

    `He's now basically gonna be some random adventurer who does parkour in the trees while wearing stylish chino's. Seriously. Not raised by apes, no loin cloth. Just a hunky actor in khakis and no shirt swinging on vines for no apparent reason.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    CGI of the Crap Lagoon

    by ChezKing

    I love the original, and would love to see a remake, BUT, if they go full-on CGI monster, that's going to be a very depressing, heart-breaking movie. I would love for them to go practical/make-up and all, and keep the new Universal monster movies tied together in some way for a future all out monster extravaganza.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    The Creature should be allow to marry!!!

    by BobParr

    I'm sorry. i just couldn't resist.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    Every other headline's about a remake today. It's a wonder the Wayans/Zuckers haven't released a spoof called "Remake: The Movie" yet.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    AICN reports another remake. Yay.

    by ricarleite

    You guys sure know how to make me feel sick.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by yubnubrocks

    AICN could use a spin off site... titled... ... for all the remakes...

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I think Universal needs Sommers back.

    by Anna Valerious

    Because... A. I'm very wary about "Tarzan" at this point. Unless they're just cutting the backstory for time, I think it's a bad direction to veer away from the books. I'm pretty surprised at him. We KNOW he spends time in the library with this stuff, but this is just not like him. And besides, didn't WB release a by-the-book "Tarzan" film in the '80s? Maybe he should watch that and get back on track to what he does best. (Although he DID take a lot of liberties with "The Jungle Book". I don't remember Mowgli being an adult...) B. After "Twilight", we need a "Van Helsing" sequel. And the creature can be in it...he needs more face time. Just no Julian McMahon and no direct-to-DVD crap. They have to do it right, or don't do it at all. (Because "Australia" WASN'T the follow-up with Hugh Jackman and David Wenham we wanted to see.) C. Because Rob Cohen should not be allowed ANYWHERE near this project.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Keep Zombie away from my beloved namesake.

    by Bubba Gillman

    And anything other than a practical suit with the same basic design as the original will be unacceptable.

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Look at how good a suit can look in MONSTER SQUAD

    by Alfie Boy

    No CGI or Zombie! Please Universal! Take lessons from Disney...they revere their institutions (i.e. The Mouse), why don't you?

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Monster Squad Gillman design was AWESOME

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Dec. 4, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...hell naw!!! Please, for the love of all things holy, leave it the fuck alone!! Zombies talented in his own special way, but don't let him near this. I'd like to see him remake "Roman Holiday" though. Fuck yeah. But seriously, don't fucking remake this....wait..who the hell am I talking to?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Thank God Eisner is gone

    by Continentalop

    I am a firm enemy of Hollywood nepotism, especially the very untalented (I am looking at you Rumor Willis) but this is a bittersweet victory when you hear he might be replaced by the untalented Rob Zombie. <p> This is like going to he free clinic and told you don't have herpes...but you do have syphilis.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    who cares, another remake

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    if they go cgi for the monster, copy "the host"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Ah, remember my first viewing of the original

    by HereAgain

    Late summer, late-night Creature Feature in the Mid-70s - on the Memphis CBS affiliate that played movies EVERY night after midnight, WITHOUT COMMERCIALS. I had spent the whole day in the pool, and the effect was pretty fantastic. Specifically remember the music. Years later, while attending Tulane in the early 80s, their incredible Friday film series showed whichever sequel was in 3-D.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    And in Zombie's

    by Anna Valerious

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    And in Zombie's

    by Anna Valerious

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    And in Zombie's "Roman Holiday"...

    by Anna Valerious

    The statue EATS the guy's hand. (Sorry, stupid enter key.)

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST



  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    This version should be all about SEX!

    by zinc_chameleon

    The Creature should not only have the hots for the woman, but he should be the hero, and mo-capped underwater animation (like the priestess thing in 300) should feature lots of weird painful non-human sex. The fanboys will have to wear bibs at the theatres. Or, you could focus in on the femal e lead and push it for the Twilight crowd.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Please make creature a little faster

    by bobbofatz

    A slow lumbering monster is not scary, its stupid.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I'll reserve judgement for the time being.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    A re-make to "Creature From the Black Laboon" has been something that has been floating around Hollywood for around 20 years. I spoke to John Carpenter once about his attempt to get one off the ground. I love the Universal Monsters dearly, and don't necessarily feel "Creature" needs to be updated. He's an original Universal creation, not based on literature or lore. I'm not against the idea of a modern "Black Lagoon" tale or a 50s period piece, but I hope it's a Stephen Sommers style movie. I never liked "The Mummy" and I straight up HATED "Van Helsing." I know some people enjoyed "Van Helsing," but to me it was just a videogame devoid of the charcter and atmosphere that made the Universal Monster films work. Same with "The Mummy." Tone it down. Bigger isn't always better.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    I love the classic monsters, despise slasher horror, and really hate what was done with THE MUMMY films and its offspring VAN HELSING. I hope the Creature breaks new ground in its underwater scenes and avoid making it a action/adventure flick. The movie should be horror.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I won't see it

    by disfigurehead

    What the hell is wrong with the original?? Nuthin!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    MAKE IT IN 3D!!!

    by carneguisada

    I *LOVVVVEEEEE* the original and saw it in 3D in a big old cool theater. They should TOTALLY do it in 3D and make it as cheesey-riffic as the original. I can't wait and my fingers are crossed. They should make a LOT more movies like this. FUN!!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Think of this, Austinite...

    by Anna Valerious

    You ever notice how "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing" appeal to women? As well as "Twilight", "Interview with the Vampire" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula"? Okay, I can't see the Gill Man being romantic (I can definitely see Larry Talbot trying to be before he wolfs out), but I'm starting to think Universal would be wise to focus on those aspects.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    CARNEGUISADA: Good Idea! 3-D!

    by Alfie Boy

    It worked $$ miracles for BOLT!...Disney got it. BTW, I prefer CARNEALAPARRILLA