Today The Tracking Board is reporting that Scarlett Johansson is Universal Studio’s top choice for the lead role in their remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon. No word yet on final casting, but we’re hoping The Creature has pet insurance because ScarJo may have picked up a move or two from her time as Natasha Romanov! Details after the jump.
Last year Universal announced it was rebooting its classic monster movie franchise as its own new cinematic universe. Since then we’ve seen Dracula Untold in October, 2014 debut at the box office to impressive numbers, and been promised a Mummy reboot in 2016 to serve as the beginning of the reboot universe. It’s unclear where Creature from the Black Lagoon would fit in their series, or how it’d play into their overall continuity – things are still a little fishy (get it?).
Given her commitment to not only The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film adaptation, The Jungle Book, the next Coen Brothers film, and you know, motherhood, it’s unclear whether ScarJo will sign onto this reboot. It also begs the question of oversaturation, especially coming off the heels of her turn as the title character from last year’s Luc Besson film, Lucy which garnered mixed reviews.
The original Creature from the Black Lagoon was a 3-D monster horror film from 1954 that starred Richard Carlson and Julia Adams, and told the story of a geology expedition into the Amazon which discovered fossilized evidence that linked sea animals with the evolution of man. The film was a huge success in the 1950s and spawned (pun intended) two sequels, Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
No word yet on additional casting, or the official release date. Universal will release Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy on June 24th, 2016 and another Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film on April 27th, 2017. Its possible that second date could be Creature from the Black Lagoon, but without additional writing or directing talent attached we’re not holding our breath (so many puns).