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‘Creature’ returns at Universal

'T3' writer looks to pen redo of vintage monster

Scribe Tedi Sarafian will write a remake of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” for producer Gary Ross’ Universal-based Larger Than Life shingle. Ross’ father, Arthur Ross, penned the script of the original 1954 creature feature.

“Creature” is one of the vintage U monster movies that have been under development following the successful resuscitation of its “Mummy” franchise. The studio is planning a 2004 release for “Van Helsing” that will include many of its classic horror characters, such as Dracula and the Wolfman.

Sarafian previously was tapped to script Warner Bros.’ “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” after James Cameron, writer and director of the first two “Terminator” pics, said he didn’t want to write a third installment. Star Arnold Schwarzenegger had publicly declared he wouldn’t perform in a non-Cameron story, but relented after seeing Sarafian’s draft.

Scribe’s earlier credits include “Tank Girl” and “The Road Killers.”

Ross also is producing, directing and writing horseracing drama “Seabiscuit” for Universal, due to be released July 25.

The original “Creature,” which featured the Gill Man terrorizing archaeologists in the Amazon while falling in love with a beautiful girl played by Julia Adams, became a camp classic. Its scene of the monster swimming beneath Adams was copied by Steven Spielberg in the opening sequence of “Jaws.”

Overseeing “Creature” for Universal is production prexy Scott Stuber and director of development Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.

Sarafian was repped by WMA and Jeff Field.

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