Rob Cohen on The Monster Squad remake

News Glen Chapman
10 Oct 2012 - 09:22
Monster Squad = 80s cheese gold

The Monster Squad remake doesn't seem much closer, but Rob Cohen and Michael Bay are trying to make it happen...

Producer of The Monster Squad Rob Cohen is currently on the promotional trail for his incoming Alex Cross movie, and whilst promoting the film he has hinted that he would quite like to direct the long rumoured remake of Fred Dekker's 1987 cult classic. Here's what he has to say about it:

“(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.”

He continued: “It happens all the time, they get onto something and they go, 'The biggest audience we can get is young males between 12 and 16. What do you have that's for males between 12 and 16?' Somebody says, “Monster Squad!” Let's do 'Monster Squad'! It's that crazy.”

I'm a huge fan of The Monster Squad, I regard it as one of the most important films from my childhood and in many ways it helped inform my taste in film. I watched it countless times growing up, going through a couple of ex-rental copies in the process. It acts as a perfect introduction to genre cinema for young audiences plus it's a lot of fun, and boasts a great script.

Even with my love of the original I wouldn't be against a remake necessarily, although I would prefer names other than Michael Bay and Rob Cohen involved. Sure, both have been involved in some decent stuff but like the original, The Monster Squad remake should be a project for an upcoming director and writer who can capture the sense of fun of the original. Alternatively, a young director could attempt to shoot Shane Black's original vision of the film complete with the extravagant opening sequence that was cut due to budget constraints.

As hinted in Cohen's comments above, a remake has been rumoured for some time now, so it's far from a certainty that it will happen.


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