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Monster Squad Remake to Use Classic or New Monsters?

Platinum Dunes producer speaks out

Platinum Dunes continues is remake rampage across Hollywood, steering away from the slasher fare and latching, this time, onto an ’80s genre kid classic: The Monster Squad.

Originally directed by Fred Dekker, the update will be produced by the Platinum Dunes team – Andrew Form, Brad Fuller and Michael Bay – as well as Rob Cohen and Paramount Pictures.

Shock inquired about the status of the project with Fuller today who told us: “I’m in the process of finding a screenwriter. I’m meeting with writers every day. So we’ll get someone in the next two or three weeks and get them writing.”

The original film resurrected Universal’s classic monsters, tapping into a healthy obsession many kids growing up in the ’80s had with the creatures. But now faced with a new generation, does Platinum Dunes intend to revive these familiar faces again or can we expect a new line-up of foes? “That’s something we’re definitely talking to writers about and I don’t have an answer for you yet,” Fuller said.

He maintained, “We’re definitely using the original film as a blueprint and love the fun parts of it. 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.”

The Monster Squad opened in ’87 and was written by Dekker and Shane Black.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor