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Sony developing Anaconda reboot

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Shhhhhh… Be very quiet and listen closely, and I’m sure you can hear the heads of the producers over at e.TV spinning so fast they may take off like helicopters. The source of their manic excitement? They can finally stop showing Anaconda as their Friday night action movie for the eleventy one gazillionth time and instead replace it with… ANACONDA!

The Hollywood Reporter brings the news that Sony is planning to reboot the cult-classic giant snake thriller with writer Evan Daugherty tapped to provide a script. The original 1997 film starred Jennifer Lopez as a documentary director travelling the Amazon River with her crew (Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde, Owen Wilson) to make a film about a long-lost indigenous tribe. Along the way, they encounter an off-his-meds Jon Voight as a crazed local hunter who tricks them into believing he can lead them to their tribe, while he’s actually using their resources to hunt down a legendary giant snake. That is until said anaconda starts hunting them instead.

The film is a super cheesy fright fest with iffy CGI for the big snake that really hasn’t held up at all. To paraphrase the film’s infamous tagline, if you can’t breathe, you can’t scream about how dumb it was! But while critics turned up their noses at Anaconda (it got nominated for six Razzies), audiences lapped up the B-movie creature feature thrills. It more than tripled its $45 million production budget worldwide and spawned one theatrical follow-up, two direct-to-video sequels, and a DTV crossover monster movie titled Lake Placid vs. Anaconda in 2015. None of these would come close to the success or longevity of the original (e.TV definitely played a hand in that!), but apparently Sony still wants to revisit the franchise.

Sources indicate that this will not be a remake but rather a “reimagining” of the initial concept, turning a cheap B-movie into a tentpole blockbuster. The studio has reportedly mentioned the 2018 Jason Statham-led The Meg as a comparison. That’s not the worst template to follow as the giant prehistoric shark feature earned over half a billion dollars worldwide, a lot of that thanks to the Chinese box market which the movie went out of its way to appeal to.

As for Daugherty, he first popped onto the scene when he penned 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. He’s since co-written Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and came up with the original story for the Alicia Vikander-led Tomb Raider movie. There’s no word yet on any timelines for Daugherty’s script.

Last Updated: January 28, 2020

13 Comments

  1. A very hard pass for me!!!!

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  2. Yozzie

    January 28, 2020 at 08:54

    Wooow~ that’s a big snake

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  3. HvR

    January 28, 2020 at 09:13

    So guess this is going to be the theme song

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    • BradeLunner

      January 28, 2020 at 11:23

      So long as they don’t go from having JLo to Nicki Minaj as the female lead. They should keep it classy and use sir mix alot

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      • HvR

        January 29, 2020 at 09:16

        I was thinking twisting it all up. Nicki is the female villain and the snakes need to escape that unnatural lab created abomination that is her butt.

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        • BradeLunner

          January 29, 2020 at 15:17

          This is gold. Anacondas are naturally occurring fantastic creatures, and nicki is the creepy one

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  4. BradeLunner

    January 28, 2020 at 11:23

    This could be fun, it’s that whole tentpole blockbuster thing that’s the issue, it’s supposed to know it’s ridiculous

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  5. Kromas

    January 28, 2020 at 09:08

    My anaconda don’t won’t nothing lest you got buns honey!

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  6. Guz

    January 28, 2020 at 09:08

    tss tss ts tsss ts tss Snake Jazz

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    • Kromas

      January 28, 2020 at 09:13

      This is why I hate time travel.

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  7. justlikemo

    January 28, 2020 at 09:13

    shit I’m old.

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  8. CodeDisQus

    January 30, 2020 at 12:34

    This movie is the reason why I have an intense fear of snakes……Without a doubt NOT watching this shit!

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