Aquaman movie writer Will Beall has just signed on to stay underwater for a little longer. Beall will write the Creature From the Black Lagoon remake (or reimagining) for Universal, which will be part of their new Universal Monsters shared cinematic universe.
That Universal Monsters universe (Monsterverse? Can I get paid for that?) is an action-adventure reinvention of horror icons, and it kicks off with The Mummy on June 9th of this year. The Invisible Man will follow in 2018, and a third film, suspected to be some kind of take on The Bride of Frankenstein has a February 2019 release.
The original Creature From the Black Lagoon kicked off a trilogy of its own, and these mid-1950s monster flicks marked the end of Universal’s horror dominance, which began with 1931’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. There have been attempts kicking around Hollywood to remake the original for over 30 years, with John Carpenter nearly bringing the Gill-Man back at one point.
Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman are producing the new film, which has been fairly quiet recently. At one point there was chatter that Scarlett Johannson had been offered the lead role (I wonder if the character’s name would be Kay Lawrence as in the original?), but there hasn’t been any word on that in quite some time, and with a new writer on board, it seems premature at best.
There’s no release date currently scheduled for this one, but we have a breakdown of upcoming Monsterverse movies as we know it right here.