Director Named for ‘Monster Squad’, Not the Remake…

With McG exiting the project, Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) is now tapped to get behind the camera for Monster Squad, formerly known as Nightcrawlers, Warner Bros.’ long-gestating supernatural action comedy.The studio picked up “Nightcrawlers” as a spec by Brian Lynch in 2000. The project went through numerous writers, including Michael Arndt and Audrey Wells, as Warners sought to find a balance of laughs and chills.

The project’s title was changed to “Monster Squad,” though it is not a remake of the 1987 Warners movie written by Shane Black.

The new “Squad” centers on a neurotic father who must turn to a childhood tormentor to face his lifelong fear of the dark and the monsters who have haunted him.

Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Jonathan Shestack and Donald De Line are producing. Charlie Gogolak is co-producing.

Jessica Goodman is overseeing for the studio.

Mitchell, repped by CAA, is in postproduction on “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth film in the franchise. He also directed Disney’s “Sky High” and DreamWorks’ “Surviving Christmas.”