In March it was announced that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was developing a remake of Fred Dekker‘s 1987 movie The Monster Squad, written by Dekker and Shane Black. Producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Rob Cohen have been meeting with writers, and have finally hired someone to pen the remake. Heatvision also reveals that the plan is to turn the family-oriented property into a potential franchise.
Dunes has hired cousin screenwriting team Mark and Brian Gunn, writers of MTV’s television movie 2gether and the television series it spawned, the writers behind James Gunn’s PG Porn and the direct to DVD sequel Bring it On Again. They are also attached to the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel and an in-development big screen adaptation of Mighty Mouse.
A lot of people love to bash the Platinum Dunes remakes, but I’ve always said that all they need are better screenplays, and a better casting director. The resume of Mark and Brian Gunn is not to convince me that they are trying to improve the quality of their screenplays. We’ll see… Rob Cohen will direct the film, which sounds like a horrible idea. Nothing good can come of this.
The original film was based on a pretty simple idea: what if a group of friends had to face down a group of classic Universal monsters come to life? Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolf Man (“Wolf Man’s got nards!”), the Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon were the monsters, and they were taken down with a blend of humor and genuine enthusiasm for classic monster movies that had fans clamoring for the movie on DVD. (The long-overdue release finally hit shelves in October of 2007; a blu-ray disc followed last November.)
Here’s the trailer for the original: