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Movie monsters have been costarring in films for around seventy years now, whether in horror movies (House of Frankenstein), comedies (Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) or CGI spectacles (Stephen Sommers’ Val Helsing). It’s been nine years since the latter graced cinemas, so it was only a matter of time before the gang got back together.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Benderspink, the production company behind the upcoming The Amazing Burt Wonderstone, has optioned a screenplay for Monster X, based on an original idea by Monsterfoot Productions’ Ahmet Zappa, who wrote the story for 2012’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The “X” in Monster X isn’t the letter but the Roman numeral, which signifies the ten classic monsters that will appear as the film’s central characters.
THR’s story calls the film a “sort of Avengers-style take” on the scary baddies of yesteryear, such as Dracula, the Frankenstein creature, and the Mr. Hyde side of Henry Jekyll’s personality. They will team up to defend the world against an evil threat. What could be more evil than the Wolfman? It will be interesting to see the Creature From the Black Lagoon get a modern spin, should he appear.
Though the script was written by Zappa, who will also be on board as a producer, the plan is to further develop the script and iron out all the details before shipping it around to buyers. Zappa’s other monster-themed projects, Monster Witness Relocation Program and The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearlesshave been with Disney for the last few years without much news following their getting optioned. Here’s hoping the Monster X characters spook the filmmakers into getting this flick out there quickly.