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“Creature from the Black Lagoon” Grabs Screenwriter Will Beall!

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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.

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We’re all waiting on this film, Gill.

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)

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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)."

Readers Comments (5)

  1. This news got me PUMPED! Aquaman is going to be a creatively and visually stunning movie when it releases (December 21, 2018 is slotted at this point – but I wonder if that may change because the untitled Han Solo movie could easily get moved to this release date). And if you folks didn’t know, James Wan has indicated Aquaman will have horror elements in it! Of course, the film is first and foremost a swashbuckling action/adventure (yeah, my favorite genre)!

    Hiring Will Beall is a brilliant move by Universal – and it just makes a lot of sense (reminds me of how Disney set Jon Favreau to direct The Lion King as his follow-up project to his brilliant picture The Jungle Book)! It’s too bad they didn’t announce this at CinemaCon! But I’m very glad we did get UMU news about something other than The Mummy this week!

    Creature will also be a visually stunning movie! Perhaps the only other person more qualified to be a writing a movie that has major underwater sequences in it is James Cameron LOL! I’m kidding slightly (but I do think the AVATAR sequels are going to be insanely amazing and way beyond anything we’ve seen before…seems like December 2019 or December 2020 is going to be when AVATAR 2 releases….and it is expected to have significant use of underwater imagery).


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