By the time the ’90s rolled around, the heyday of creature features had long since passed. But that’s not to say the decade didn’t provide a few good old-fashioned monster movies. Films like Lake Placid, Tremors, and Deep Blue Sea all provided that satisfying mixture of camp and thrills, substituting creature feature quality to make up for the decade’s lack of quantity. Now, one of the ’90s absolute best creature features is getting a new reboot, and if it’s even half as good as the original then we’re in for a treat.
Anaconda, the 1997 surprise blockbuster, is about to get the reboot treatment. No producer or director has signed on to the film as of yet, but it does have a writer in Evan Daugherty. Daugherty previously penned the scripts for Snow White and the Huntsman and Divergent, while also contributing to script of the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot. So clearly, the guy knows his way around an action film.
The ultra-campy original starred the eclectic mix of Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, and Owen Wilson (seriously, someone give that casting director a medal!) alongside a good-for-the-90s CGI snake. Like any good creature feature, the movie mixed scares with humor, and refused to take itself too seriously. The new version will apparently take a similar — but more extreme — approach, as The Hollywood Reporter reports that Columbia Pictures is reimagining the film in the mold of the 2018 shark movie The Meg. That film was absurd in the best possible way, so we’re hoping for the same from the new Anaconda reboot.
And since JLo was just snubbed by the Oscars for her lauded performance in last year’s Hustlers, we’re thinking that her returning to the franchise that helped launch her acting career is the surest way to finally land her that coveted Academy Award nomination.