Will Creature from the Black Lagoon be a period film?
With news unfolding since Universal Pictures announcement of their “Dark Universe” films, set to begin on June 9th with The Mummy, UMU has been hard at work discovering as much new information as possible. Yesterday, UMU received the briefcase of Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the contents have been an open door into the upcoming “Dark Universe” of monster movies. One key aspect that was discovered was the body of Creature from the Black Lagoon‘s Gill-Man currently being stored inside Prodigium, along with a series of older photos revealing his habitat in the Amazon. But what could these exciting easter eggs reveal about the plans for Gill-Man in the “Dark Universe”?
For the upcoming “Dark Universe” films, Universal is planning a modern day take on their classic monsters. In the same tradition that past classic monsters films were set in modern day for their time, so will the upcoming films, much like Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. However, if there happens to be a take on one of the classic monsters that’s undeniable, then there is no reason for the film not to pursue a period/era that works best for that story. Looking deeper into the matter, creative architect and executive producer Chris Morgan had the following to say:
“The studio is mostly interested in just doing good films. They would like them generally to be more contemporary I think, just to reflect a modern sensibility and a modern take on the monsters. But there are no rules, so if there is a great period version of these that’s just undeniable, then we’ll absolutely fight for that and go for it.”
While the priority right now is Bride of Frankenstein (and has been for a while now), Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic monster that will absolutely make it to the big screen sooner rather than later, with some of our sources indicating that Creature might even be the third film developed. Let’s not forget that it was this past March that Collider exclusively reported that Will Beall was set to write the upcoming remake/reboot. It was also specifically mentioned that Beall was hired based on an idea he had on Creature from the Black Lagoon.
With Dr. Jekyll’s briefcase revealing that Prodigium has already contained Gill-Man, along with the age of Jekyll being questionable (is he immortal?), it reveals that the Gill-Man already exists in the “Dark Universe.” Along with one other source close to the project, it appears as if Will Beall’s script will be wholly original, while maintaining certain classic elements of the original. There is no word on if any parts of Jeff Pinker’s work will remain intact. With that said, it would not be surprising if Creature from the Black Lagoon is the first period film of the “Dark Universe” or will have scenes refelecting the original 1950’s period of the Jack Arnold classic.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)