Universal has a new monster movie in development called Don’t Go in The Water, and Stephen Williams, who most recently helmed a couple of episodes of HBO’s Watchmen, has signed on to direct. Plot details are under wraps, but the project is described as a “suspenseful monster movie.”
Variety’s report mentions that it’s an original premise from writer Peter Gaffney, but it sounds to us like it might be a remake, or at least be inspired by, Creature from The Black Lagoon. That’s pure speculation, but we do know that Universal is planning to revisit more of its classic monsters after the success of The Invisible Man – even though they will no longer be connected as part of a shared “dark universe.”
We recently learned that Aquaman director James Wan is producing another project which sounds an awful lot like a modern-day retelling of Frankenstein, while Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) will tackle a new take on Dracula.
Williams has previously directed episodes of Lost, Ray Donovan and The Walking Dead. His only other feature credit is Soul Survivor.
Don’t Go in The Water will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, alongside Adam Kolbrenner for Lit Entertainment Group. We have no idea when this will actually head into production given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but we’ll keep you guys updated.