With Stranger Things being a current obsession and the Universal Monsters being back in development, it seems both ’80s nostalgia and monster movies are back in vogue. Maybe that’s why IGN took an opportunity to talk to Shane Black (writer and/or director of awesome sh*t like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight) and used it not to ask about things he’s working on (like Doc Savage and a Predator sequel), but instead to ask him about one of his first writing projects: The Monster Squad.
The 1987 horror-comedy about kids fighting Dracula, Wolf-Man (who has nards, or so we’ve heard), and other monsters was a failure in theaters, but it became a cult hit on home video. Black told IGN he had fun working on it and was surprised it became a cult hit years later. And it turns out Black wouldn’t mind returning to the Squad:
Black then revealed that he’d like to revisit the property for a remake, but when we suggested a belated sequel set in the present day might be a better approach, he liked the idea, though identified one potential stumbling block…
“When you say the kids are grown-up the first thing I go to is the movie, or the book really, It by Stephen King, which is about kids who fight monsters when they’re young, then as grown-ups they’re sort of beckoned and they have to return to their childhood hometown.”
Shane Black could literally pitch any remake or sequel idea for one of his own movies and it would still sound better than the Monster Squad remake Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes was working on back in 2010. That one was thankfully abandoned, although if you still want to be petrified, you can look at the theatrical grosses for Platinum Dunes, which only had one movie that didn’t turn a sizable profit. The horror. The horror.