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David Kajganich Talks ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Relaunch!

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Not much is currently known regarding the status of the upcoming “Creature from the Black Lagoon” but screenwriter David Kajganich has recently spoken about the secretive project.

David KajganichIn an interview with Ken Miyamoto of ScreenCraft, screenwriter David Kajganich opened up about his roots in storytelling, along with his projects True Story and A Bigger Splash.  Kajganich has also written Invasion, along with the upcoming Pet Semetary, and It – all rooted firmly in the horror genre.  If that doesn’t make him well suited to approach a Universal Monsters picture set in the “Monsters Universe”, we’re not sure what does.  So, fittingly, David Kajganich is actually one of the known screenwriters behind Universal’s upcoming remake/reboot/relaunch Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Speaking with ScreenCraft, David Kajganich revealed a little bit about Creature from the Black Lagoon in a way that should satisfy fans of the Gill-Man, anxious to know more about his eventual theatrical return.

It may seem hard to believe, but I have no idea if any part of my script is being used currently or not. That’s a surreal part of writing for a studio. They own what you’ve written and can do with it whatever they choose, with no obligation to keep you informed. I did two drafts a number of years ago now, so I imagine they’ve probably started over since my drafts did not in any way connect the mythology of the Black Lagoon to the rest of the monsters in the Universal stable. That concept came after my involvement. It’s definitely the most commercial script I’ve done, but it was a shitload of fun to research and write. It was a ride through the kind of 70s-style id-based horror I grew up loving.

David Kajganich’s involvement with Creature from the Black Lagoon dates back to 2012 when The Hollywood Reporter announced that he was “tapped to pen Universal’s remake.” However, The Tracking Board exclusively revealed in August 2015 that Jeff Pinker, the showrunner of Fringe, was brought on to do a rewrite. While it is more than likely the film will eventually lean more towards Pinker’s version, it would not be surprising if Creature from the Black Lagoon retained some of the original ideas David Kajganich had in his script.

I know we could speak for many that the Gill-Man is long overdue for his proper return to the big screen.  Hopefully with The Mummy we will see Universal move ahead with this particular classic monster.

As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest news regarding the upcoming “Monsters Universe” of films.

SOURCES: ScreenCraft & Huffington Post

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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