The Creature From The Black Lagoon's fish-man is back, in a new remake of the 1954 classic. And the new version of the Creature has already been designed. Director Breck Eisner wants the new movie to be as scary as the original, but also wants you to empathize with the misunderstood and woman-craving mutant Gilly.
Once Eisner is done retooling George Romero's The Crazies he's set to focus all attention on The Creature. Taking the 1950s classic even further Eisner decided to film the Amazon based at the wild rivers banks.
I'm waiting on the height of the Amazon river before we start shooting - it drops 50 feet in October and November. But we've got the boat set and everything ready to go.
Gary Ross (Big and Pleasantville) has finished the screenplay and it is currently under going edits. The Creature is set in modern day times. And as for the tone, will it be camp, action or a straightforward creature feature? Eisner explained:
We debated tone a thousand times. For me tone is the most interesting thing a filmmaker has and so the Creature is a creature, it's not a monster. That's my number one thing about the movie. We're not going to turn him into a monster. He's still going to be empathetic, he's still going to be deadly, he's still going to have a misguided means of expressing his interests in a woman, but it's uniquely the Creature. It's empathy for a deadly creature and tone plays a big part of that....It will deliver of action and excitement, but I want it to be scary. The Creature was scary when it first came out in '54 - it's not scary today - but that's what updating means to me, updating the tone of the original.
The Creature itself has been designed after 6 months of work. Eisner claims that it's, "very faithful to the original, but updated." Let's hope they don't get too crazy with computer graphics and FX, a man in a suit always made it particularly creepy. [Shock Till You Drop]