Will Beall hired to write “Creature from the Black Lagoon” for Universal.
Today, Deadline exclusively revealed that Universal has hired screenwriter Will Beall to pen Creature from the Black Lagoon. What makes this more interesting than most Universal Monsters Universe screenwriter announcements is that Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline adds that Beall was hired based on an idea he had “to revive the classic 1954 film as part of the studio’s classic monsters franchise.”
Will Beall recently finished the script for Aquaman, which will begin filming soon and is a part of Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe films. Beall also wrote The Legend of Conan; that film will be executive produced by Universal Monsters Universe creative architect Chris Morgan.
With today starting the first day of press for the cast and crew of The Mummy, we’d expect to learn more of the growing nature of Universal’s Monsters Universe films. Fans of the Gill-Man should be excited to learn of the plans to move forward on a Creature from the Black Lagoon reboot as the last time Gill-Man was properly seen in theaters was in the 1956 three-quel, The Creature Walks Among Us. While Gill-Man did loosely appear in 1987’s The Monster Squad, it was only an interpretation and not the classic monster.
As of right now, Universal is serious in their plans to reintroduce the Gill-Man to modern audiences, especially if you consider The Mummy director, Alex Kurtzman’s previous words on having Creature from the Black Lagoon a part of the modern Universal Monsters films:
“Okay, well, Creature from the Black Lagoon. I want that to be in the jungle. Okay, we’re in the Amazon. Where do you want to shoot that, on the backlot or in the Amazon? No, we have to actually go there. Okay, if we go there what’s THAT going to…? Well, now you’re talking about a big movie. You know what I mean? And there’s underwater and there’s all the things that you would look for, for something like Creature.” Alex Kurtzman to Collider
While no cast is attached to Creature from the Black Lagoon, it’s widely believed that Scarlett Johansson was approached to potentially headline this particular Universal Monsters movie.
Will Beall is repped by CAA and Management 360.
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on the Universal Monsters, classic and modern.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)