Platinum Dunes, the company behind the modern remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street, is sinking its teeth into another 1980s remake - The Monster Squad.
The original Monster Squad, which came out in 1987 and was directed by Fred Dekker, revolved around a group of pre-teens who squared off against Universal’s entire classic movie monster line-up (Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy, Gill-man, and Frankenstein’s Monster).
After exhausting his Ouija board adaptation talking points, Brad Fuller spoke with Shock Till You Drop on the status of The Monster Squad remake – and whether the film would include the original monsters or bring in a new roster.
The producer was coy about the exact line-up of monsters audiences should expect, stating that he doesn’t have an answer yet – but that they are “definitely using the original film as a blueprint.”
According to Fuller, the team is still working on finding a writer for the project and they plan on having someone “in the next two or three weeks.”
Whoever that writer turns out to be – they’d better have seen the original film, Fuller goes on to explain:
“We have three or four different takes, some stick closely to the original – others are going to be a bit different. It’s about sitting down with Rob Cohen and the studio and figuring out which storyline we’re going to go with. But I can tell you all of the story lines, whereas Friday the 13th isn’t like the original, this will be close to the original. It’s about a group of kids who have a monster squad, monsters come to their town and they’ve got to figure it out.”
In my opinion, given the pantheon of upcoming movie remakes, The Monster Squad actually sounds like something that should be made.
According to Screen Rant’s Top 5 Rules for Movie Remakes, The Monster Squad easily falls under Rule 2 (the original is terribly dated in either setting or pacing and style) as well as Rule 4 (the remake does in fact bring something new while respecting the original).
While the original film wasn’t particularly successful when it first premiered, it has gone on to become a cult classic among people who grew up in the late 1970s and early 80s. The original film’s built-in fanbase, coupled with a resurgence in the popularity of movie monsters in the last three years, hints at the possibility of the remake actually becoming a success.
Would you like to see The Monster Squad remade? What monsters would you like to see included in the line-up?
Source: Shock Till You Drop