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Mark H. Harris

Michael Bay & Co. to Remake The Monster Squad

By March 19, 2010

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Multiple sources are reporting that Platinum Dunes, the production company co-founded by director Michael Bay that has been responsible for horror remakes like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street, is turning its sights towards what's sure to be a controversial choice for a remake: The Monster Squad.

The 1980s family-friendly horror-comedy is sort of the horror version of The Goonies, and like The Goonies, it has attained a level of cult status over the years, making any remake a sure target for harsh fanboy criticism. Non-Monster Squad fans, meanwhile, might likewise hurl criticism at Platinum Dunes for venturing out of its hardcore R-rated horror offerings in favor of a PG-13 film about kids battling classic movie monsters. Would the filmmakers dare "harden" the remake up to an R rating? I'm not sure that would be a great idea, but we'll see how it all shapes up. Things are in the early stages right now, with no script and no director attached -- although Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is reportedly in the running. If he can do with The Monster Squad what he did with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor...then we're all in trouble.

Sources: BloodyDisgusting.com, Deadline.com

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