The Gill-man will swim again in the Universal Pictures remake of its 1954 horror film The Creature from the Black Lagoon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has put into the early stages of production by hiring David Kajganich to write the script.
Kajganich has made a name for himself as the horror-remake guy in Hollywood, having updated Invasion of Body Snatchers into The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. That landed him gigs re-doing movies based on Stephen King stories Pet Sematary and It that are in production at Warner Bros.
The 1954 film
didn't spawn sequels like pals Dracula and Frankenstein, but it did garnered plenty of fans who would go on to become big players in Hollywood. People like John Landis, John Carpenter, Ivan Reitman, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Breck Eisner and Gary Ross -- whose father Arthur A. Ross co-wrote the original film -- have all expressed interest in remaking the film over the past 30 years or so.
The remake does not have a director attached, but Kajganich is reportedly starting from scratch with his script about a prehistoric underwater creature encountering modern day-scientists.