Monday, March 22, 2010
Monster Squad to be Remade
By Dave Gonzales
source: Latino Review
Monster Squad Gets ReMake Treatment Monster Squad the 1980s film about a group of kids who discover Dracula and friends are in their town looking for an amulet that will let the creatures control the world is the next 80s film to get a remake treatment. The amulet is made of pure good and in combination with the diary of Abraham Van Helsing can cast the monsters into limbo
This one is under Platinum Dunes, the folks behind the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th horror remakes, which means Michael Bay is on as producer and the picture will be set up at Paramount.
Let's look at the monsters: Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, Frankenstein...The Mummy.
Oh. I see what's going on here. Gill Man = The Creature From The Black Lagoon! These are Universal Monsters!
Universal responded to the remake fever of the past decade by trying again and again to re-boot their monsters one movie at a time. Yes, they also realized they could have done it all at once, and that attempt was called Van Helsing (and it bombed).
Over there in Platinum Dunes land, they are all about the horror remake to make bank, so it's actually surprising that it took them this long to find a project that allows them to take on all the Universal Monsters in one swoop.
Add to the fact that the original film is something of a cult classic horror-comedy from the 80s co-written by Shane Black who went on to write a little script called Lethal Weapon before setting records as the highest paid screenwriter of the 1990s.
It was pretty smooth business decision, then they added Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) as director. On one hand, that makes sense. Cohen was a producer on the original Monster Squad, so you have some old blood. On the other hand: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Platinum Dunes is meeting with writers.