O.C. writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have been brought on board by Universal Pictures for a rewrite of Monster High, with the two writers also producing the live-action adaption of the series of toys by Mattel.
The film follows the children of classic horror movie monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and The Wolfman, as they cope with the ins and outs of high school life. The original script, penned by writing team Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), was originally intended to be a musical but it seems that’s no longer the case.
Mattel’s line of fashion dolls has spawned a series of books, direct to DVD movies, web series, video games, accessories, websites and yes…even a spin-off series. I checked out the website feeling like some sick, twisted mesh of Elijah Wood in Maniac and Spaulding in the newest season of American Horror Story. Needless to say, the hipster BRATZ dolls combined with the theme song that repeats “We are Monsters. We are Proud.” was something truly terrifying. More so it’s the fact that someone somewhere is letting their spoiled brat play with these things.
It’ll be interesting to see if the writers decide to keep to the product’s target market, but from the sound of it it seems like they’re headed for a teen target audience with the upcoming motion picture.
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