We found some scientific underpinnings for it, which my dad actually felt in the original," Ross said in a group interview in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was promoting The Tale of Despereaux. "In fact, he had based it on a lungfish that was found around that time. So a lot of that was his [input] and kind of the conflict between science and [nature]."It sounds to me like he's planning to take all the fun out of it. But maybe a serious sci-fi Creature reboot will be entertaining in its own way.
With such research, Ross also said that the tone will be straight, not campy. "I don't think we're going to wink at the audience and make it silly in any sort of way," he said. "I think we're going to take it seriously. We're going to treat it with a certain amount of dignity. We're not approaching this in a retro, campy kind of way. It's set in present day. There are reasonable scientific underpinnings for it. It should really be a really interesting journey into the jungle, both for the characters and for the audience. It's not a reference to what the original is. It's not referential that way. We take it sort of seriously."
Lungfish are a type of freshwater fish found in Africa, Australia and South America that are able to survive the dry season by burrowing into mud and substantially slowing their metabolism. Lungfish also have a lung, although it is only used for breathing when the animal is stressed or needs extra oxygen. They are not known to carry off women, scantily clad or otherwise.
Here's the original trailer:
Only time will tell if the remake is as entertaining . . .
Tags:Creature From The Black Lagoon, biology