'Shrek Forever After' Director Tackling 'Monster Squad,' Not A Remake

A new "Monster Squad" movie is on the way, but never fear — we're not talking about a remake of the 1987 cult classic, at least not yet. This is an entirely different beast altogether.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has given the greenlight to "Monster Squad," a supernatural action comedy to be helmed by "Shrek Forever After" director Mike Mitchell with a screenplay by Brad Copeland.

The current plot for "Monster Squad" is being kept under wraps for now, though this is only one of several incarnations of the project. "Monster Squad" initially came to the WB in the form of "Nightcrawlers," a spec script written by Brian Lynch in 2000. The project changed through a bevy of different writers over the years before finally settling on Copeland's script, which is said to have "a balance of laughs and chills."

For comparison's sake, let's take a trip down memory lane back to the original "Monster Squad," which was written by action filmmaking extraordinaire Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon") and directed by Fred Dekker ("Night of the Creeps"). The 1987 horror film focused on young teenagers that formed a club to honor the classic monsters of movie history — which, of course, leads to them going head-to-head with the very same creatures they've idolized, with the notable exception of Frankenstein's monster who joins the kids' cause.

I'm not the biggest fan of remakes, but in the case of "Monster Squad," I'd rather an updated version of that film than a brand new movie bearing the cult classic's title. I guess "Nightcrawlers" is just as misleading of a title — I doubt we'll ever see a movie featuring multiple Kurt Wagners teleporting across the big screen — but if the new "Monster Squad" wants to recruit fans of the old movie, maybe Warners should consider renaming the film for a second time.

What do you think about a new, entirely unrelated "Monster Squad" movie hitting theaters? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section!


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