Screenwriter Will Beall recently spent time writing adventures set in the high seas for James Wan's new Aquaman movie, and now he's heading back underwater, as THR reports that Universal Pictures has tapped the writer to pen the new Creature from the Black Lagoon movie for their shared cinematic universe of Universal Monsters.

Creature from the Black Lagoon will be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who are overseeing the new version of the shared Universal Monsters world, which will kick off with the theatrical release of The Mummy (directed by Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise) on June 9th.

In addition to Aquaman, Beall wrote the big screen adaptation of Paul Lieberman's novel Gangster Squad, developed the Training Day TV series, and has also been working on The Legend of Conan film (produced by Morgan) for Warner Bros.

Other new Universal Monsters movies that are in the works are looking to feature familiar characters such as Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man.

The original Creature from the Black Lagoon was released in 1954, introducing viewers to the Gill-man. The human-like lizard returned to the big screen in Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).

There are no details yet on what approach Beall will take to the iconic creature in the new Black Lagoon film, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers as more information is revealed. Would you be excited to see the Gill-man back in action?

Source: THR
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