When Breck Eisner (Sahara) stepped away from Universal's planned Creature from the Black Lagoon remake, it looked like the project was (wait for it, wait for it) dead in the water. Now the LA Times reports that Creature is back on Universal's slate with Carl Rinsch directing.
Rinsch was the director attached to the Alien prequel earlier this year before Ridley Scott decided to take over that project. He's currently at work on 47 Ronin, a samurai action film, also at Universal. Eisner would've been working on a screenplay from Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), but it looks like Universal will be starting from scratch on the project now that Rinsch is onboard. Eisner is moving on to another remake, David Cronenberg's 1979 creep-out The Brood.
I like that Universal seems to have an active interest in revitalizing their Universal Monsters brand. We've got The Wolfman coming out in a couple of months, and even the highly publicized production problems on that film haven't stopped Universal from moving forward with a new Bride of Frankenstein movie and renewed momentum on Creature. There's no word on whether or not the Creature remake will be in 3-D like the original film was.