Universal Studios had been sitting on “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” for 6 decades.
For dozens of different reasons they were never able to reboot the franchise. I suppose that director Guillermo deo Toro was tired of trying to pull blood from a stone. So he set out and did it his own way by designing his own creature (without ever using the word “creature” to describe it, by the way) and, now, the rest is cinematic history.
You snooze, you lose!
Congratulations to Fox Searchlight for helping Guillermo get it done!