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More remakes on the way, kiddies. This time around, it's one of the famed Universal Monsters getting a contemporary facelift. The studio is prepping a remake of 'Creature from the Black Lagoon,' the 1954 horror classic about a prehistoric beast living in the Amazon River. 'The Hunger Games' director Gary Ross is one of the producers on the remake as his father Arthur Ross was one of the writers on the original film. And speaking of writers, it looks like Universal has hired David Kajganich ('Invasion') to pen the creature feature reboot. Kajganich is also slated to write the screenplays for remakes of Stephen King's 'It,' 'The Stand,' and 'Pet Sematary.' As of right now, the new 'Creature' does not have a director. Carl Rinsch ('47 Ronin') was at one time rumored to be helming the project, but that has been debunked.
Treading into dangerous waters here, but I'm going to go ahead and say I don't mind the idea of a 'Creature from the Black Lagoon.' On the one hand, I adore the Universal Monsters and there are few holier grounds for me than those tentpole characters. However, of all the monsters in that rogues gallery, 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' is arguably the most dated. While it is true that many of the techniques employed in Jack Arnold's 1954 original turn up in horror films for generations after, the creature himself could certainly benefit from an update. My only hope is that careful steps are taken to not make the new 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' so familiar that it feels as stale as one of those rampaging beast movies from the SyFy Channel or, God forbid, 'Lake Placid.'
What do you guys think? Could a new 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'work? Or is this a monstrously bad idea?