Eisner helms 'Lagoon' redo for Uni, Ross
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Breck Eisner has been tapped to direct Universal Pictures' remake of "Creature From the Black Lagoon." Gary Ross, whose father, Arthur Ross, was a writer on the 1954 original, is producing via his Larger Than Life banner.
Part of Universal's rich legacy of black-and-white monster movies, the original "Lagoon" followed a scientific expedition searching for fossils in the Amazon that discovers a prehistoric creature able to breathe underwater. The creature, named Gill-Man, terrorizes the group and falls in love with the fiancee of a member of the expedition. The studio began developing updates of its creature features after the success of 1999's "The Mummy."
Ross wrote the current draft of the screenplay. Tedi Safarian also wrote a draft.
Eisner, son of Michael Eisner, met Ross at a dinner party thrown by William H. Macy. After some conversations, Ross sent Eisner the script to "Lagoon," and he wanted in.
"I've always been a fan of the original, but for this I would love to just update and modernize the film," Eisner said in an interview. "We see it as an aggressive sci-fi horror film in the vein an 'Alien' or like John Carpenter's 'The Thing.' We want to elevate the source material."
The studio plans to update the look and the technique of shooting and use a combination of CGI and some practical effects for the monster. Designing the creature is under way.
The studio is planning on a summer shoot in the U.S. as well as Central or South America.
Universal Pictures president of production Donna Langley and vp production Jeff Kirschenbaum are overseeing the project for the studio.
Eisner made his feature film directorial debut this year with "Sahara."