Sony Pictures is bringing more snakes to theaters, as the studio is developing a new Anaconda movie. The Hollywood Reporter says that Evan Daugherty, who worked on such films as Snow White and the Huntsman and Tomb Raider, will write the script.
The trade adds that the new Anaconda movie will not be a remake or a sequel but a reimagining. The studio is reportedly looking to take a The Meg-style approach for the film. A producer is not attached to the project yet.
Released in 1999, the first movie (buy at Amazon) stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cub, Jon Voight and Eric Stoltz. While reviews for the movie were pretty terrible, Anaconda ended up slithering to $136.9 million at the worldwide box office, with $65.9 million coming from North America and $71 million from overseas markets.
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, a sequel with a different cast, was released in theaters in 2004 and grossed $70.9 million globally. Three more direct-to-video films were released, including Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008), Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009) and Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015), a crossover film with the Lake Placid franchise.
In Anaconda, a documentary film crew, headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Lopez), ventures into the world’s most isolated jungle — the Amazon — in search of a lost and forgotten civilization. Early in their journey, they come to the aid of Paul Serone, a Paraguayan guide (Voight), who joins their expedition.
But Serone is actually a poacher on the trail of a legendary snake. When Serone hijacks the boat and its crew on his quest to track and kill the giant snake, he steers the expedition right into the path of the deadly monster.