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