Sony is digging into its vault to revive the 1997 cult creature feature “Anaconda” starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight.
The studio has tapped “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Tomb Raider” screenwriter Evan Daugherty to write the script.
The film isn’t expected to be a sequel or a straight remake, but instead a reimagining of the film, which grossed roughly $137 million at the box office world wide and was disparaged by critics and audiences alike at the time.
“Anaconda,” which also starred Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde, received a 40% critics score and a 42% audience score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The original followed a documentary film crew on their trek through the Amazon when they come across a stranded, soon to be revealed obsessed, hunter (Voight) looking for a legendary — an enormous — snake, which gives off real white whale kind of vibes. The hunter then derails the crew’s expedition for his own quest, dragging the filmmakers along to contend with a murderous madman and face the giant water boa hell bent on killing them.
The project is in very early development stages, at this point, and has no producer or director attached.
Daugherty is repped by Verve, management firm Alibi, and law outfit McKuin Frankel.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.