With the Universal Monsters making a comeback, could fans expect to see a new “Monster Squad” film sometime in the near future?
For those of us that loved the Universal Monsters and grew up in the 80’s, The Monster Squad was a pretty important film. Directed by Fred Dekker and co-written by Shane Black, the 1987 film is now 29 years old. Telling the story of a group of kids needing to be kids, much like The Goonies, Stand By Me, Super 8, and Netflix’s Stranger Things; the young group has to defend their neighborhood and save the world from the Universal Monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Gill-Man.
The Monster Squad, popular for its redesigned monsters by a team led by Stan Winston, was not originally all too successful during its theatrical release, but in the nearly 30 years since its August 14, 1987 release, has developed a warm cult-following.
In an interview with Chris Tilly of IGN, director/writer/actor Shane Black was asked about The Monster Squad and if he’d ever be interested in returning to that world, especially as he’s currently working on a quasi reboot of his original classic Predator, entitled The Predator.
“When you say the kids are grown-up the first thing I go to is the movie, or the book really, It by Stephen King, which is about kids who fight monsters when they’re young, then as grown-ups they’re sort of beckoned and they have to return to their childhood hometown. And I think that’s kind of close to what you’re saying in a way. I don’t know how you would distance yourself from that. It would be interesting to have two movies – one The Monster Squad, and one The Monster Squad and they’re 30 years apart and so are the kids; the characters have aged. As long as people understood that’s what we’re doing, I think that could be fun. That’s a good idea!”
While it’s probably likely that we won’t be seeing a Monster Squad follow up anytime soon, it is fun knowing that Shane Black would be up for revisiting these characters, and in a way that would not only be a fun send-up of the original cult-classic, but something new for modern audiences.
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(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)