Rob Cohen Directing Platinum Dunes' Monster Squad Remake

March 19, 2010

Monster Squad

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?

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I actually like what Platinum Dunes are doing. Sure, they don't make the best horror movies, but they're doing a lot to keep the genre going - in a post "Torture Porn" world. The Elm St remake looks surprisingly good. I'm quite optimistic that this may actually be pretty solid.

KepaX on Mar 19, 2010


Rob Cohen? Funny. I belive nobody with brain and memory wants to see this.

DeveloPER on Mar 19, 2010


The Monster Squad 2

MonsterSquad2 on Mar 19, 2010


While this doesn't sound like the right film remake to be done by Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay's attachment, this could be a unlikely winner like the first Transformers...well see. I'm not turning my nose up just yet.

Marc on Mar 19, 2010


Classic scary movies...

sinema izle on Mar 19, 2010


Post Torture Porn World? What after 2 Hostel movies?

People's Champ on Mar 19, 2010


Monster Squad had some of the legands of Horror in it, so who are the legends of Horror now?. "There is none". Enough said.

Cineprog on Mar 19, 2010


Someone has to take this company down.

DiR3cT on Mar 19, 2010



Scagginsvolley on Mar 19, 2010


how do you make the mistake calling the creature "frankenstein?" theres even a line in the original movie about that very thing. as for the remake, i dont mind it as long as its done right and its good. they gotta bring back some of the original cast as well.

imnotgivingmynameyoukidding on Mar 20, 2010


Wolfman's got nards...remakes don't.

OhPlease on Mar 20, 2010


remakes suck and should never be done

james fenningsdorf on Mar 22, 2010


Supposed script link: I like the idea of taking the remake in a new direction. I do NOT like the idea of Rob Cohen trying to direct a script like this.

Shawn on Mar 24, 2010


Why, for the love of god, why?!

Johnny Neat on Mar 22, 2011

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