Predator isn’t the only ‘80s film Shane Black could bring back to the big screen.
During an interview with IGN, the writer-director expressed interest in doing a potential follow-up to his 1987 film The Monster Squad.
“I loved it, I had fun working on it and it was one of the first things I’d ever written,” Black said of the original. “And it wasn’t just that it wasn’t a hit — it was a huge failure. No one saw it. I don’t know how on earth it caught on years later.”
He added that he’d “love to revisit” the story, which followed a group of kids facing off against Count Dracula and other monsters. “I hope that somebody at some point says that it would be great.”
As for whether that revisiting could be a sequel or a reboot of the first film, Black said the idea of the young characters returning as grown-ups to fight evil again could draw comparisons to another famous story.
“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,” Black said. “And I think that’s kind of close to what you’re saying in a way. I don’t know how you would distance yourself from that.”
Still, he told IGN, “It would be interesting to have two movies — one The Monster Squad, and one The Monster Squad and they’re 30 years apart and so are the kids — the characters have aged. As long as people understood that’s what we’re doing, I think that could be fun.”
Black, who most recently scripted and helped the Ryan Reynolds-Russell Crowe film The Nice Guys, is directing and co-writing the next Predator movie and is also working on a Doc Savage project that will star Dwayne Johnson.