Creature from the Black Lagoon Remake Needs A Director

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Screen Rant recently talked about all the remakes and reboots coming out of the unoriginal machine called Hollywood. With the dozens of proposed remakes littering web sites and publications, it can sometimes be hard to discern the good from the bad. The good, in this case, would be a remake of Universal Studios classic monster B-movie, The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Back in December, rumor was that Breck Eisner (Sahara) – who was originally attached to the project – would be abandoning the helm. Universal denied that rumor saying he was still on board and would be directing the feature after finishing up his current remake of George Romero’s The Crazies with Timothy Olyphant.

According to Bloody-Disgusting, that no longer appears to be the case. At this point, the Universal Studios and Strike Entertainment remake of Black Lagoon has no director but it shouldn’t take them long to find another one. On the positive side, Gary Ross, whose father wrote the original movie, is producing. Maybe that will keep the film from veering too far off course.

Personally, this is the one horror film that I’m looking forward to seeing remade. I miss the old black and white monster classics from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Wolfman, The Mummy, Dracula, THEM, Tarantula: films like these were made during the Golden Age of monster movies, back when the focus of the film was on the monster and not the highly overpaid big name actor or actress involved in the film.

Best line from Tarantula: “…there you go, give women the right to vote and suddenly you’re becoming scientists…”

I would love to see a throwback to the old-school monster movies. No over-the-top special effects-laden battles between the monster and the National Guard; no ridiculous plot where the monster is related to someone chasing him; no stupid comedic take on the monster with Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell. Just a retelling of the original story set in modern times.

Also, I don’t want to see a completely CGI monster! Just because the technology exists doesn’t mean it must always be used. There’s something to be said for a man in a rubber suit. Abe Sapien in Hellboy would have looked horrible done entirely in CG. Instead, they relied on the good use of physical make-up and used minimal CG to enhance his look.

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This would be a good time to bring up my choice for a director for Creature from the Black Lagoon: Guillermo del Toro. I like his cinematic vision -Pan’s Labyrinth in particular – and his eye for story. I think he would make a movie that is both a faithful recreation and somehting new and enjoyable to watch.

What are your thoughts on having a few good monster movie remakes and are you looking forward to seeing the Gill Man wander the waters of the Amazon River again?

Creature from the Black Lagoon is scheduled for release in 2011.

Source: Bloody-Disgusting

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  2. As much as I would like to see this film remade for today, they will probably screw it up. The creature’s origin will probably be that it was created because of too much carbon monoxide in the air or global warming or some other nonsense.

    I would also like to see The Forbin Project remade with Daniel Craig as the lead but they would probably screw that up too. The computer would probably take over humanity because humans are screwing up the planet or something. Or they would have some happy ending, unlike the original.

    %99 of remakes are crap.

  3. I wouldn’t mind seeing this film remade….and even if its crap…we still have the original.

  4. Same here Keith, I wouldn’t mind seeing this remade. Not Guillermo, although he would be perfect for this but come on, not the same director for everything. How about Alex Proyas?

  5. I love the original. The GIll Man is my favorite of the classic Universal Monsters.

    That being said: I believe a remake could be successful if handled correctly. Guillermo del Toro would be great but his schedule is way too full already. I don’t have anybody specific in mind, but it should be someone who has love and respect for the original and not some work-for-hire director without any vision.

    p.s. I’m really looking forward to The Wolfman remake.

  6. Wow, I’ve been wondering why they haven’t made a remake of this for some time now. It was always my favorite also. I think they make too many remakes also, and the whole reboot thing, just makes no sense to me at all…but his is a movie that I’m really looking forward to seeing remade. Movies that old are ok to remake in my opinion. And Paul, I can’t believe you brought up “Them” and “Tarantula”. Bravo! and here I thought I was the only one that remembered those fantastic old classics. I loved “The Deadly Mantis” too. I always loved those plots…”Man mistreats mother nature and she spawns some gastly monster to get revenge on us”. I see nothing wrong with that premise for a plot John Taylor. Did anyone see “The Host”, that was the origin of that creature and that was a frickin awesome movie.

  7. This one WAS overdue for a remake/reboot. Glad to see they haven’t forgotten about it. Can be good if done right.

    Wish Spielberg was going to do it, but he’s probably busy with his bio pics.



    J/K. – hopefully the movie will turn out decent.

  9. In the first poster why is the creature wearing red lipstick?

  10. can be great if done right, let’s get this one movin,and let m night do a remake to resident evil.

  11. we really need great monster films nowadays they have to many comic movies and stupid vampire,and slasher films bring the great creature features and monster flicks.

  12. i think i share the same sentiments with the rest of you guys, i am looking forward to a remake of the creature from the black lagoon. i totally loved those old classic films and maybe if anyone remembers the remake of the spirit movie that was done in b/w they can do C.F.T.B.L. in the same way.

  13. Of all the people who apparently loved the original Creature, as I did, not one mentioned whether or not they thought the remake should be in 3D, as the original was. I can’t help but wonder how many even know it was in 3D.

  14. I would love to see a remake of this movie but i would like it to be good. Another thing im curious about is who will play Kay or if there is a new name for the character the lead female role. I think my cousin Emily Blunt would be good for the part cause she is apparently very good in the wolf man remake.

  15. Would really like to see a remake of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”…but only if it is done well and not a lot of special effects theatrics. Also…glad to have found this site.