Columbia Pictures, part of Sony, is reportedly developing a remake of their 1997 creature feature Anaconda.
Evan Daugherty, writer of the recent Tomb Raider remake and Snow White and the Huntsman, is on point to develop the story.
In the original a surprisingly decent cast was assembled. Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde were a documentary crew on a boat on the Amazon. Jon Voight played a hunter who nefariously took over their expedition to aid his lunatic obsession with a legendary huge anaconda.
The giant snake proves to be very real, and capable of squeezing them to death and swallowing them whole, one-by-one, as the expedition spins out of control.
As Hollywood is, as an entity, genuinely bereft of original thought and idea it once again indulges in its “monkey-see, monkey-do” approach to movie development. Sony insiders admit they have studied the approach Warner Bros. took with The Meg where a B-Movie concept was turned into an event movie that is getting a sequel. As a result this remake is expected to get a much larger scope and budget.
The original launched an unexpected franchise with one cinema released sequel and a number of direct-to-home releases. Given the relatively low budget it turns out it is one of Sony’s most profitable movies. Will the remake succeed?