〉Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in the Universal horror remake.
Scarlett Johansson is Universal’s top choice to star in the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON remake, and is being courted for the lead role. The film will be a remake of Jack Arnold’s 1954 sci-fi horror classic that set the tone for many monster movies that would follow. The story depicted a group of scientists that discover a dangerous pre-historic creature that is part human and part fish while on an expedition in the amazon. Julia Adams was the famed female lead of the original film, in a role that has been influential to female horror stars and scream queens since.
Universal is currently in the process of reviving their landmark monster properties from the 1930’s through the 50’s. It has been speculated that the 2013 film Dracula Untold has started a new franchise, which will possibly lead to a shared universe between the famous monsters. In 2014, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were hired by the studio to structure the universe. Although it is currently unclear which films will be included in the universe, it has been revealed that the 2010 film The Wolfman would not be a part of the series. The studio currently has a remake of The Mummy in the works, which is reportedly set in modern day. A shared monster universe is not new to the studio, as they teamed up the characters in the 40’s films Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House Of Frankenstein, House Of Dracula, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The Creature has not yet been a part of a shared monster universe for the studio.
The original Creature From The Black Lagoon was made during the sci-fi boom of the 1950’s, and was a major hit that revived horror for Universal, after being dormant for a number of years. The film was also one of the final 3D releases during the time, which saw a surge in popularity of the new technology. Two sequels were made to the film.
A remake has technically been on the slate since 1982, with original director Jack Arnold in talks to return. The project was ultimately scrapped, with John Carpenter, Gary Ross and Breck Eisner and Guillermo Del Toro each developing separate versions of the project over the next two decades.
The current remake is taking shape at Universal, with Larger Than Life and Strike Entertainment producing. Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, with a screenplay by Jeff Blitz, Gary Ross, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering. Leslie Urdang, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jay Polidoro will oversee development for the studio.
Scarlett Johansson has recently starred in a number of Marvel films as the character Black Widow, and stars in the upcoming entry Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which bows on May 4th. She will next voice the character Kaa in the upcoming adaptation of The Jungle Book.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer