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Rob Cohen prepping the Monster Squad remake

03.18.2010

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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7:13AM on 03/22/2010

The Monster Squad Remake

This is one of My alltime favorite movies from when I was younger a more simpler time I even own the re-release done a couple of years back. the film had a great story and even if the remake machine Mr. Bay is behind it I hhope they do not deviate much from the original to much.
This is one of My alltime favorite movies from when I was younger a more simpler time I even own the re-release done a couple of years back. the film had a great story and even if the remake machine Mr. Bay is behind it I hhope they do not deviate much from the original to much.
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11:54PM on 03/21/2010
Looks like this remake is getting bashed pretty good! I'm in though! I liked the original but didn't think it was anywhere near as good as Goonies! I'm interested to see what they do with it.
Looks like this remake is getting bashed pretty good! I'm in though! I liked the original but didn't think it was anywhere near as good as Goonies! I'm interested to see what they do with it.
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3:01AM on 03/20/2010

Huh.

Platinum Dunes. Well, that's just great. I'm expecting nothing short of remarkably dull and soulless, with a bunch of randomly-selected, pretty-looking Abercrombie models that can't act worth a damn, and the filmmakers claiming to have the original story "grounded in reality". We'll have your standard combination of stereotypical characters in the group: the jock, the goth/emo social outcast, the geek pining after the school hottie, the goofball. And the hot girl with a heart of gold, let's NOT
Platinum Dunes. Well, that's just great. I'm expecting nothing short of remarkably dull and soulless, with a bunch of randomly-selected, pretty-looking Abercrombie models that can't act worth a damn, and the filmmakers claiming to have the original story "grounded in reality". We'll have your standard combination of stereotypical characters in the group: the jock, the goth/emo social outcast, the geek pining after the school hottie, the goofball. And the hot girl with a heart of gold, let's NOT forget the hot girl with a heart of gold. Unneeded sexual and drug innuendos? Sure. Some random music video director at the helm? Almost definitely. Maybe PD will jump on the 3D bandwagon while they're at it.
I mean, I've been entertained by some of Cohen's films (I can take xXx on a weekend night before going out), but even he's above such a silly idea.
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8:29PM on 03/19/2010
Absolutely loved the original Monster Squad movie( even saw a Midnight Madness showing and met the director and some of the cast!) but this is just retarded. Maybe a sequel would be pretty cool but not a remake. I are sad.
Absolutely loved the original Monster Squad movie( even saw a Midnight Madness showing and met the director and some of the cast!) but this is just retarded. Maybe a sequel would be pretty cool but not a remake. I are sad.
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4:18PM on 03/19/2010

how can people think this is good?

Oh god NO! Come on REALLY?! They can't do kid type movies for crap today like the Goonies or this. This will be horrible!

How can anyone be down for this, Rob Cohen FAILS, all his movies pretty much, and Mummy 3 was sooooooooo bad.
Oh god NO! Come on REALLY?! They can't do kid type movies for crap today like the Goonies or this. This will be horrible!

How can anyone be down for this, Rob Cohen FAILS, all his movies pretty much, and Mummy 3 was sooooooooo bad.
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3:39PM on 03/19/2010
Monster Squad remake=Fail!
Monster Squad remake=Fail!
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3:24PM on 03/19/2010
this makes me pee blood

....in a bad way
this makes me pee blood

....in a bad way
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1:32PM on 03/19/2010
Great movie. It would be interesting to see how they remake it. I'm in.
Great movie. It would be interesting to see how they remake it. I'm in.
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11:59AM on 03/19/2010
It's not so much that I wouldn't like to see an updated version of this film, because in all reality, it could be good. The problem is that the way kids movies are nowadays, if they make the film now, they will end up treating these kids like dumbed down Disney kids instead of the way real kids act as they did with the original Monster Squad and the Goonies.
It's not so much that I wouldn't like to see an updated version of this film, because in all reality, it could be good. The problem is that the way kids movies are nowadays, if they make the film now, they will end up treating these kids like dumbed down Disney kids instead of the way real kids act as they did with the original Monster Squad and the Goonies.
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11:26AM on 03/19/2010
How the fuck does Rob Cohen still get chances to make movies?! You would have thought "Stealth" would be his career ender, but, oh, no, no, no, you would have thought Mummy 3 was. C'mon, Hollywood! Well, if it's Platinum Dunes, at least it will have a pretty trailer, right? Rob Cohen's shittin' in our mouths and calling it a sundae....
How the fuck does Rob Cohen still get chances to make movies?! You would have thought "Stealth" would be his career ender, but, oh, no, no, no, you would have thought Mummy 3 was. C'mon, Hollywood! Well, if it's Platinum Dunes, at least it will have a pretty trailer, right? Rob Cohen's shittin' in our mouths and calling it a sundae....
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7:35AM on 03/19/2010

Jesus...

Jesus, no...
Jesus, no...
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6:49AM on 03/19/2010
I don't know about anybody else but, personally, I can do without another CGI mummy or CGI werewolf. Or CGI vampire fangs, for that matter.
I don't know about anybody else but, personally, I can do without another CGI mummy or CGI werewolf. Or CGI vampire fangs, for that matter.
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2:26AM on 03/19/2010

Rob, please, PLEASE don't do this!

May I call you Rob? This is an honest plea. Please reconsider what you are about to do Rob. Pop in Mummy: Tomb of the dragon Emperor again, watch it, and then ask yourself if you're really qualified to tell another monster-themed story on the big screen. I love the original Monster Squad, but that film was a product of it's time and place and this is neither the time or place to conduct a remake. Stick with XXX 3 or Stealth 2 or whatever you plan to make next, just please leave Monster Squad
May I call you Rob? This is an honest plea. Please reconsider what you are about to do Rob. Pop in Mummy: Tomb of the dragon Emperor again, watch it, and then ask yourself if you're really qualified to tell another monster-themed story on the big screen. I love the original Monster Squad, but that film was a product of it's time and place and this is neither the time or place to conduct a remake. Stick with XXX 3 or Stealth 2 or whatever you plan to make next, just please leave Monster Squad and Wolfman's nards alone.
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1:21AM on 03/19/2010

THIS NEWS SUKS

1 OF MY FAV MOVIES WILL B REMADE W/ BULLSHIT PRETTY PPL & EVN MOR BULLSHIT CGI!!! GO FUK URSELVES MAN!!!
1 OF MY FAV MOVIES WILL B REMADE W/ BULLSHIT PRETTY PPL & EVN MOR BULLSHIT CGI!!! GO FUK URSELVES MAN!!!
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12:58AM on 03/19/2010
Gay.
Gay.
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12:09AM on 03/19/2010
Of course! I guess they're just going to remake everything made before 1990. This insane remake craze is just getting out of hand. I mean seriously, enough already! I hope to God some of these upcoming remakes like The Karate Kid, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Neverending Story, Fright Night, etc fail miserably and show the people behind them that people love the originals and there is no need to remake them. Why not sequels instead to some of them? Although I grew up watching The Monster
Of course! I guess they're just going to remake everything made before 1990. This insane remake craze is just getting out of hand. I mean seriously, enough already! I hope to God some of these upcoming remakes like The Karate Kid, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Neverending Story, Fright Night, etc fail miserably and show the people behind them that people love the originals and there is no need to remake them. Why not sequels instead to some of them? Although I grew up watching The Monster Squad, I would actually not mind seeing a sequel. I mean a little over 20 years later, they're adults now, they could really expand on the whole thing substantially, but that is just if something *has* to be done with it. I'm fine with it just being left alone, but I would prefer a sequel to a damn remake.
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11:46PM on 03/18/2010

So...

Does this mean Michael Bay will be producing as well since this is a PD production?
Does this mean Michael Bay will be producing as well since this is a PD production?
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11:21PM on 03/18/2010
Fuck a remake of this! Enough's ENOUGH! All will get is texting teens taking and sending pics of monsters with terrible dialogue. Leave this gem alone Plat Dunes!!
Fuck a remake of this! Enough's ENOUGH! All will get is texting teens taking and sending pics of monsters with terrible dialogue. Leave this gem alone Plat Dunes!!
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11:10PM on 03/18/2010
Screw You Platinum Dunes! Burn in hell! *waves fist in to sky*
Screw You Platinum Dunes! Burn in hell! *waves fist in to sky*
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11:03PM on 03/18/2010
Between this, the twilight craze, the new teen wolf show, and the news of Burton's Addams family, we can only be a few days away from hearing about The Munster's Movie, right?
Between this, the twilight craze, the new teen wolf show, and the news of Burton's Addams family, we can only be a few days away from hearing about The Munster's Movie, right?
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