Monster Squad remake: '80s cheesefest or fanboy delight?

With a remake of Fright Night and a new Ghostbusters movie on the way, it's no surprise that Paramount wants to remake another '80s cult classic: the 1987 horror adventure The Monster Squad, with original producer Rob Cohen in line to direct.

The news, first reported in July by Bloody-Disgusting, was confirmed by Deadline Hollywood this week:

Cohen will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and they're meeting with writers.

A group of kids who worship the classic monsters suddenly discover that Dracula is in town, and he's got his pals Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man and The Mummy with him. The kids must stop their efforts to find an amulet that will give the creatures control of the world.

Fred Dekker and a pre-Lethal Weapon Shane Black wrote the original script. Platinum Dunes is the company behind the recent remakes of Friday the 13th and the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street.

It's unclear to us how Paramount will get around Universal's longstanding claim to the Frankenstein, Wolfman, Gill Man and Mummy creatures, particularly since that studio has rebooted or is in the process of rebooting all of them as new film franchises, but what do we know? (Cohen directed The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.)

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