Director updates on Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Brood

A hír nem mai, de nekem valahogy elkerülte a figyelmemet eddig. Nem is tudom mit gondoljak róla. Egy dolog bizonyos: nem érzek bizsergést annak hallatán, hogy újabb mesterműveket-et próbálnak megerőszakolni a Nagy Újracsinálási hullám keretében. Azért várjuk ki a végét ... bár szinte biztosra mondhatom, hogy az "új" filmek látványosak lesznek, tele CGI-vel meg drámai hangeffektekkel. A popcorn-habzsoló moziba járó tömegeknek ennyi is biztosan elég lesz, de hol marad a régi filmek hangulata és a találékonyság, amivel akkoriban megoldották pl. a víz alatti felvételeket?

IT'S been taking rather a long time for the Creature from the Black Lagoon to re-emerge on to the big screen for the planned remake. And now it's evolving yet again...

The project has been in development at Universal for more than a quarter of a century and the studio has just hired a new director, Carl Rinsch.

Rinsch, whose previous work is mainly in commercials, was recently linked to the new Alien prequel (now being helmed by Ridley Scott) and will be in the hotseat for the samurai film 47 Ronin (starring Keanu Reeves).

Meanwhile, Breck Eisner - who had dropped out of the Creature remake earlier this year - is now directing a new version of The Brood, David Cronenberg's 1979 horror film about mutant children instructed to carry out violence through a psychic link with their mother.

The original Creature from the Black Lagoon, about an amphibious missing link (referred to as the Gill-man) living in the Amazon basin, was released in an early form of 3D back in 1954.

In 1982, filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) wanted to get the original director Jack Arnold to update the film in a new 3D remake and a story featuring two Gill-men was crafted. But Universal scrapped the idea over budget concerns and a clash with another 3D project.

It wasn't until 1995 that serious talk began again, with Peter Jackson offered the chance to come aboard. But he chose King Kong instead.

Then, in 2001, Arthur A. Ross - the late co-writer of the original - and his son Gary became involved in producing the remake. At one point, Guillermo del Toro was set to direct but his plate was piled high so he had to move on.

Eisner signed on to direct in October 2005. The idea at that time was to reinvent the Gill-man as a mutant caused by a pharmaceutical company's pollution as they exploited the Amazon for profit.

Eisner spent six months working on the look of the new creature with Jurassic Park designer Mark McCreery. He also had a boat set built and was rewriting the screenplay.

Now, with Rinsch in the director's chair, the project's script has gone back to the drawing board.