The last we heard (at least around these horror parts) from producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who also wrote Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and Cowboys And Aliens) was that they were busy making their upcoming Van Helsing reboot as serious as possible.
Now, per IGN word comes down that they could be doing something very Marvel-like with the Universal monster universe. Orci tells the site, “Universal [has] this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. ‘Van Helsing’, and we’re also producing ‘The Mummy’ for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, unless it’s worthy of being a remake, but when you have an idea for something that can actually be made different and yet be true to what it was.”
This is vague, but there’s some promising stuff in this implication. And since Orci is a fan of conspiracies, I don’t think he’d mind me hinting at one here with very little evidence. If a seamless Universal Monster universe existed, that would certainly be something. It would be nice to see a lot of these guys in a movie together for the first time since The Monster Squad. I’m not a huge fan of K&O’s output, but if this gets stitched together it could be cool either way.
In an interview with CS, director Rob Cohen updated the status of his Monster Squad remake, which was being developed by Platinum Dunes through Paramount Pictures. Let me just say this: attempting to “light a fire” under the ass of a studio is just going to piss them off…
“[The original] is one of the best things I’ve ever produced and I wanted to direct [the remake]… It’s sitting at Paramount. It’s a great script. I’ve been kicking them. Michael Bay has been kicking them. They don’t roll over… I don’t understand it. I’m hoping that one day we just get a call that they’ve finally seen the light of day.”
Cohen was to direct the remake of Fred Dekker’s 1987 classic, which begins when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Mark and Brian Gunn penned the latest screenplay.
Movies like The Goonies and Monster Squad will always have a special place in my heart. They show children rising up and facing their fears head on, determined to make it through their journey and emerge, grown and hardened, out the other side. That’s why I really resonated with the new music video, Boogie Man, from Grieves. It shows a boy arming himself with bubble wrap armor, a pot helmet, and a toy boy and arrow. He then proceeds to face some admittedly creepy nightmarish creatures. The music actually really works super well for this video and I’m not normally a guy who is into much hip hop.
All that being said, I highly recommend you check out the video after the jump and remember the days of your youth when you were ready to face anything.
While Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller updated fans on potential sequels to both Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street reboots, he didn’t really mentioned any of the other projects they’ve been attacked to. This evening he answered a slew of Twitter followers who wanted better news on the long-gestured Monster Squad remake.
“Since a few people asked, ‘Monster Squad’ is being written and he hope to have a script in the next few weeks,” he quite simply stated.
So while progress is dead on new Freddy and Jason movies, it sounds as if Paramount PIctures is still hoping to give the go ahead to their Rob Cohen-directed Monster Squad remake that is being penned by Mark and Brian Gunn.
The 1987 original, which Fred Dekker directed from a script he co-wrote with Shane Black, begins when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.