Ready to take a trip down inevitable road? Okay, here we go: It’s being reported that Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, is going to be adding yet another remake of a classic ’80s movie to its resume with The Monster Squad.
Deadline reports the exclusive news that Bay will produce the Monster Squad remake along with his usual Platinum partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (it’s no surprise Platinum is handling the project, since they’ve been responsible for such remakes/reboots as Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street).
The original Monster Squad‘s producer, Rob Cohen, will also produce the remake along with the Dunes team and even hopes to direct it this time. Those already involved are currently meeting with potential writers for the project.
Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with the other upcoming film called Monster Squad, a project previously entitled Nightcrawlers. Something tells me one of these two films will have to buckle and change its name – since one was previously titled something different, I’d say that would be the one to make the switch.
The original Monster Squad was directed by Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, Robocop 3) who co-wrote the script along with Shane Black, a couple of years after he wrote the first Lethal Weapon. It followed a group of kids who worship classic movie monsters and suddenly discover that Dracula is in town, along with his pals Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man and The Mummy. The kids must halt the monsters’ efforts to find an amulet that will give the creatures control of the world.
Is anyone surprised by this news? Certainly not me. Apart from the fact that just about every movie held in any sort of high esteem (and even some that aren’t!) are getting the remake treatment, the fact that that Monster Squad features once-again-popular movie monsters is practically a box office slam.
With the success of the Twilight franchise in particular, anything (and I mean anything) vampire related is making studios snatch it up without a second’s thought. And here they’ve got the daddy of all vamps to play around with: Dracula.
What do you think of Hollywood remaking The Monster Squad? Are you a fan of the original and do you think it’s suited to be remade in this day and age?
Stay tuned for more on The Monster Squad as news comes out.