Between series like “The Get Down” and “Stranger Things,” it seems like Hollywood studios are focused on the aesthetic, nostalgia and tropes, of the 1980s. With a focus on the ’80s comes an opportunity to retread an era of one-liner quips, incredible action flicks, and the potential of reworking classic horror monsters.
It is the monster part of these elements that has director Shane Black looking to revive “Monster Squad” as another film. Not to be confused with the late-’70s NBC television series of the same name, Black was on hand to co-write the ’87 film that saw a group of children contend with Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, a mummy and the werewolf, to name a few. Shane looks forward to incorporating Universal’s newer monsters into the film; the original film’s entire roster of ghoulish antagonists was taken from Universal Studios.
Black commented on the original film, stating that it was one of his first scripts and, despite crashing at the box office with less than $4 million in total profit, was a labor of love that some regard as a cult favorite to this day. Black was surprised to see that so many people loved his film. As to how Black would go about writing a follow-up, Black drew parallels to Stephen King’s “It;” the book and miniseries opens with children fighting creatures from beyond the rational world and then it jumps ahead to these same characters as adults.
Fortunately for Black and fans of the original Monster Squad, Black already has several film projects in queue, including another installment of the “Predator” franchise and “Doc Savage” featuring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. While Black is more than enthused about making another Monster Squad, he’ll have plenty of time to refine his concept and attract a studio to fund such a venture.
The cast of Monster Squad had a 20 year cast reunion in 2006 that involved two screenings at an Alamo Drafthouse theater. Lionsgate Studios re-released the film on DVD in the following year as a two-disc special collection. While it would be nice for a new Monster Squad film to come out exactly 30 years after the original, Black’s other projects have ensured that there really isn’t enough time to execute such an endeavor.