Is Monster Squad's Fred Dekker Writing Cliffhanger 2?
by Alex Billington
August 3, 2009
Earlier tonight I attended a screening of the cult classic 1987 creature feature Monster Squad at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica featuring a live commentary with director Fred Dekker and screenwriter Shane Black. It was a great experience, one of the best I've had being in LA, and of course it ended with a Q&A. When Dekker was asked about what he's currently working on, the first thing he said was "I'm currently writing Cliffhanger 2." At first I thought he was joking, but the tone of his voice didn't make it sound like a joke and he didn't pause for a laugh, he just continued on about the Night of the Creeps DVD release.
When I got back home, I read through all the details again on that Cliffhanger reboot that StudioCanal announced back in May. The press release talks a lot about producer Neal Moritz and his early plans for the new Cliffhanger, but nothing about any writers except that they're "looking to attach a screenwriter." So maybe Dekker is their guy? Or he's at least one of the writers they've got putting together an early draft? It's quite interesting that he referred to it as "Cliffhanger 2" and not a reboot or remake. I hope he didn't just say that he was doing "a cliffhanger, too" and I heard him wrong, although I really doubt that's the case.
Dekker hasn't written anything for the since RoboCop 3 in 1993. Of course, he also wrote House, Night of the Creeps, and Monster Squad before that. Either he's one of those screenwriters who works on first drafts for producers or he's trying to get back into writing again with a Cliffhanger sequel. Or it was all just joke. One thing I do know is that he really did say that, so I can assure you that quote is accurate, believe it or not. If you've heard elsewhere, let us know. But from here, we'll let you speculate on what this might mean?