Platinum Dunes will remake the 1987 cult classic The Monster Squad and they’re attempting to tap action director Rob Cohen, (xXx, The Fast and the Furious, Stealth) to direct. Cohen was one of the producers on the original film and Platinum Dunes is the company behind all the recent ’80s horror remakes like Friday the 13th and the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street.
For those who don’t know The Monster Squad, go rent it right now. Directed by Fred Dekkar (Night of the Creeps) and co-written by Dekkar and Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) it’s about a group of kids who take matters into their own hands to save the world from Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and The Gillman. Frankenstein gets an assist and the audience gets a whole dose of cheesy effects, awesome ’80s montages, memorable characters and classic quotes like “Wolfman’s Got Nards.”
In addition to directing, Deadline reports that Cohen would produce along with Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Writers have yet to be signed. After the jump, read what Cohen himself had to say about this remake when it was first floated in 2008.
In 2008, Rob Cohen did an interview where he was asked what a remake of The Monster Squad would entail. The full four minute answer is available here, but this is a taste:
“It’s just one of those beautiful opportunities for a remake because it’s not like the first film was bad, but what was really bad was the marketing. So you’ve got a core fan group and a great property. A great story waiting to be rediscovered.”
Cohen is right about one thing. Though the film has a hardcore group of fans, many people still have no idea it exists. It wasn’t even released on DVD until 20 years after its release, thanks in large part to a series of sold out shows in Austin, Texas.
As a huge Monster Squad fan (this is currently on my wall) I’m totally opposed to a remake. Sure, it’s a timeless concept that could use with some updated special effects and scares, but the charm of the original film is its raw simplicity and subtle sexual humor. While Cohen was obviously involved with the film for a long time, it would be a shame to see him screw up our memory of the fantastic 1987 classic.