Rob Cohen Directing Platinum Dunes' Monster Squad Remake
by Ethan Anderton
March 19, 2010
The Platinum Dunes banner, now partnered with Paramount, and producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, have been drinking a lot of the remake Kool-Aid recently with reboots of Friday the 13th and next month's A Nightmare on Elm Street, and it looks like another remake is getting tossed into the mix, as Deadline reports they are developing a remake of the 1987 horror comedy Monster Squad with Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen set to direct and produce (he also produced the original back in the day). They're currently meeting with writers to get things going on this remake that will surely upset some people.
The original film has become a cult classic among fanboys who either grew up with the film or discovered it through friends who had the luxury of growing up with the movie. The story follows a group of young kids who worship the classic movie monsters and suddenly discover that Dracula is in town, and he’s got his pals Frankenstein, Wolf Man, The Gill Man and The Mummy with him. The kids must stop their efforts to find an amulet that will give the creatures control of the world. Sounds like one hell of a great adventure to me.
I'd like to point out that this has nothing to do with the other project from Brian Lynch (though it has gone through several other writers) called Monster Squad, formerly Nightcrawlers, which is about a childhood mentor who helps kids to face their fears of monsters through clever psychological inspirations, but ends up getting caught up with real monsters. Honestly, I'd rather see Lynch's Monster Squad than a remake of the original, but that may be because I've read the script, which is a happy blend of Ghostbusters and Night at the Museum. If that doesn't sound exciting, then you really don't know how good of a writer Lynch can be. Anyway, we'll be waiting to hear who is brought on-board to write. So does anybody want to see this?