One of three men transforming the superhero, Aquaman from a joke to a highly anticipated upcoming movie is tackling another underwater classic. Deadline has reported that AQUAMAN screenwriter Will Beall will be writing THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, part of Universal’s incoming shared monster universe. The idea to revive the 1954 original classic came from Beall, who has just come off of executive producing the CBS series “Training Day.”
Beall, who had also written several episodes of the TV show “Castle,” is attached to multiple WB projects, including GANGSTER SQUAD, THE LEGEND OF CONAN, and AQUAMAN.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON will also be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who are the two minds behind Universal’s new Monster Universe, which is due kick into action this June 9th with THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella.
In the original 1954 version of CREATURE, an expedition in the Amazon to investigate a strange fossil leads them to the “Black Lagoon,” where an amphibious creature takes more than a liking to the girlfriend of one of the scientists. The film gave us two of the most recognizable images in cinema, the gilled creature rising out of the water, and the monster carrying Kay Lawrence, played by Julie Adams.
The remake has been something that’s been off and on via rumors and announcements for years. At this point, there has been no official casting news, although in 2015 a rumor had surfaced that the studio was offering the lead role to Scarlett Johansson. We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for any development news for CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.