Last we heard, the plan was to reboot all of the iconic Universal monster movies, eventually bringing them all together for one epic Avengers-style film. Brand new takes on The Mummy and The Wolfman are in the works, as is a remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The Tracking Board reports today that former Fringe show-runner Jeff Pinkner has been brought in to rewrite the aquatic reboot’s screenplay, previously tackled by a laundry list of writers including Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. Pinkner is best known for penning The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The remake, based on the 1954 classic, centers on a group of scientists who embark on a fossil-hunting expedition up the Amazon river. Things get messy when they encounter a pre-historic creature who is half-human and half-fish – but lo and behold, the monster falls in love with one of the female scientists.
Universal has their sights on Scarlett Johansson to play the role of Kay Lawrence, the apple of the Gill-Man’s eye. She has not yet officially accepted the role.
A remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon has been in the works since way back in 1982, and various iterations have sprung up over the years. Filmmakers like John Carpenter, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro were all involved, at various stages.