Rob Cohen prepping the Monster Squad remake

We've been hearing the possibility for a couple of years, but it sounds like Paramount is finally ready to pull the trigger on a remake of high-concept 80s artifact MONSTER SQUAD.

Deadline says that Rob Cohen (who produced the original) is firing up the redo with Platinum Dunes. Cohen, no stranger to monstrosities (see THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR and its field goal Yetis), will reportedly produce and direct the update of the beastly nostalgia.

Fred Dekker's original flick (co-written by LETHAL WEAPON guy Shane Black and featuring FX work by Stan Winston) involves a group of middle-school misfits obsessed with creatures of the night. When Dracula blows into town for some evildoing with Frankenstein's monster, Wolfman (and his sensitive nards), the Mummy and Gillman as his henchmen, it's up to the adolescent fiend-fighters to send Drac and his cronies back to the hell that spawned them.

The original creature designs were loosely based on Universal's famous monsters -- it will be interesting to see how drastically they are altered for the project's new studio home.

Extra Tidbit: "Monster Squad" was also a 1970s TV series about a criminology student working as a night watchman at a wax museum where an exhibit of legendary monsters came to life to fight crime.



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