Posted by: Monster Island News on June 24th, 2010
Written By: Ken Hulsey
Over the past decade the planned remake of the Universal horror classic, “Creature From the Black Lagoon” has been an on-again-off-again affair.
Now, according to departed director Breck Eisner, the film is back off again, in the short term at least.
In a recent interview the film maker spoke openly about why he walked away from the “Creature” remake, how bad he felt about doing so, and why he believes that the film may be a long time coming.
“It suffered from the realities of development hell and writers’ strikes. I don’t think it will see the light of day for a while.”
The film maker believes that the poor box office showing for “The Wolfman”, the high cost of the production, and new director Carl Rinsch’s busy schedule as of late spells nothing but a long wait for the film he really, really wanted to make.
“Oh yeah. Between that and spending a lot of money in development, it’s money against the movie. When a movie is that close to happening, it takes a long time for people to forget about spending that money and to be re-engaged in it. I’d love for somebody to make that movie. It won’t be me.”
Eisner also explained that his “Creature From the Black Lagoon” movie was further along in production than many people realised.
“It would have been risky and amazing. The design of the Creature by Mark ‘Crash’ McCreery was awesome. True to the original, yet obviously updated for today’s technology. The journey on the Rita, the boat design, it was ready to go. Scouting Peru, Brazil, Columbia. We went into the jungle of mirrors. It was an amazing experience. I didn’t come out of it empty-handed but I didn’t come out with a movie, which is what I would have wanted.”
As a huge fan of the “Creature”, this comes as bad news, because, one, the film may take years to surface again, and two, it looks like the guy that really could have done the film properly may have gotten away.
At present, the films new director, Carl Rinsch, has two films lined up, “47 Ronin” for Universal, and the remake of “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. “Creature” was scheduled to be the film maker’s second film, but now “Logan’s Run” has been put on the fast track by Warner, so it looks like the Gill Man will have to take a back seat to Logan 5 and a bunch of samurai for now.
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Founder of the popular monster and sci-fi blogs Monster Island News and Godzilla 3D News and Information. Ken Hulsey began his writing career in 2000 when he founded kensforce.com a popular site with fans of Japanese sci fi/monster movies (Godzilla, Gamera and the like) and other B movies. In 2008, he closed down his original site and created the blog "Monster Island News" a showcase for classic horror/monster films and independent/alternative cinema.