Will Beall clearly doesn't mind dipping his toes into some deep waters. The Hollywood screenwriter is fresh off his work for DC's upcoming 2018 blockbuster Aquaman, and now he is gearing himself up for a new challenge at Universal Studios.
The 1954 title Creature from the Black Lagoon won over audiences and critics when it was released 73 years ago. And, while it was a fairly camp edition to the horror genre, Beall is set to give it a reboot. This film could tie in with a greater monster movie universe from the studio. All while they lay the groundwork for Tom Cruise's re-imagination of The Mummy.
Are The Creature and Mummy Linked?
Given the synopsis for The Mummy, it is difficult to comprehend anything other than a franchise built from the ground up. The Gill-Man creature might have managed to spawn two sequels courtesy of Revenge of the Creature and 1956's The Creature Walks Among Us. But, if Universal has their way, then this could be the beginning of a long and fruitful series.
"Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters."
This Universal monster world is believed to feature Russell Crowe in a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde reboot, extending into a Bride of Frankenstein with Angelina Jolie. And let's not forget a fresh take on the work of none other than Van Helsing. Far be it for Marvel and DC to have all the franchise fun.
Beall Taking Action Chops To A Bigger Stage
Earning his start in 2013's ensemble thriller Gangster Squad with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin, Beall has emerged as a serious screenwriter in his own right. Working as a former LAPD detective himself, he took his skills across to CBS for their reworking of Training Day. At least until that was canceled following the passing of lead star Bill Paxton.
With a background in gritty action, he could be Universal's man for a number of features to come in this sequence of Monster titles. The Creature will be back but if Beall's history is any guide, there will be non of the camp.