Before Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were tapped to revive Universal's famous stable of monsters, the studio had been attempting to reboot "The Creature From the Black Lagoon." In fact, it's been trying to do so since Kurtzman and Orci were in grade school. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the attempt will now continue with screenwriter Dave Kajganich taking the reigns on the script.
No stranger to updates, Kajganich broke into Hollywood as the writer of "The Invasion," WB's update of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Since then, he's stayed in the reboot game, as he's been attached to updates of "It," "The Stand," and "Pet Sematary" (clearly, he's in the Stephen King redux business).
At the moment, Kurtzman and Orci actually aren't attached to this particular reboot; instead, Gary Ross (whose father wrote the original film) will lead a team of producers that also includes Marc Abraham, Eric Newman and Allison Thomas.
It's difficult to say who exactly Kajganich is taking the reigns from; at one point, Ross himself penned a script, but that was over a decade ago. He's been around to keep the project afloat ever since, and it eventually passed through the hands of Breck Eisner, who was all set to helm the film after filming his remake of "The Crazies," but it never came to pass.
The project then went to Carl Rinsch ("47 Ronin"), but he is reportedly no longer set to direct the film. As such, it looks like Universal is going to be seeking a new director for the project as well.
Whoever is eventually tapped won't be a sure thing until this film goes into production; after all, the first attempt to reboot "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" goes all the way back to the early 80s, when John Landis wanted to remake it.
After that fell through, the project endured a Murderer's Row of genre directors that never got the film off the ground: John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Ivan Reitman, and Guillermo del Toro were rumored to resurrect the Gillman at some point or another over the past three decades. Since Universal is so keen on rebooting its various monsters franchises, maybe this umpteenth time will finally be the charm.
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