A reboot of the Anaconda franchise is on the way.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures has hired screenwriter Evan Daugherty, whose credits include the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot, Snow White and the Huntsman and Divergent, to craft a modern take on the 1997 creature feature.
THR reports that the studio is looking to deliver a film in the vein of 2018’s The Meg, which had Jason Statham facing off with a gigantic Megalodon. They’re going the bigger-is-better route with this one and will reportedly take the “B-movie concept and eventize it in scope and budget.”
Opinion wise, The Meg didn’t really ace it with critics or audience, but it did do quite well at the box office, topping $US530 million worldwide from a budget of $US130 million. I personally thought it was okay, although it really didn’t take advantage of the craziness the concept allowed for and the family-friendly PG-13 approach felt like it neutered the fun carnage that could have been. Still, that box office talks.
Speaking of critical opinion, the original Anaconda was absolutely pummeled by the critics, audience opinion didn’t fare well (IMDB score 4.8) and the film was handed six Razzie nominations. But the Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube-starring movie did decent business financially and develop a cult following with a home entertainment market that lapped it up. A sequel (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchard) hit cinemas in 2004 and a few direct-to-video follow-ups have been released over the years.
Let’s hope this new one works out well. Stay tuned for who’s chosen to direct, star, etc.