First of all, let's give a moment of thanks for scientific experiments, especially scientific experiments gone awry. Without them, movies would be much more boring. First of all, we would have very few superheroes: Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four wouldn't ever have existed. But even outside the world of superheroes, science is often the villain in movies, with cold logic warping the minds of the bad guys and reckless tampering with nature leading to bloodshed. The latter seems to be at play in the new genetic-modification horror film Splice, and we've been inspired to put together a list of some of our favorite scientific disasters in movies. Do not duplicate these tests!
Eight-year-olds prone to nightmares, beware: The Monster Squad -- the 1987 cult classic featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Mummy that just got a second life on DVD -- is set for a remake. Being that in 1987 I was eight years old and prone to nightmares, I never saw it, but the story follows a group of kids who hunt down Dracula and his team of other monsters who are trying to take over the world. Rob Cohen, the producer behind XXX and Stealth, is negotiating with Paramount over the rights. [Maybe this time, they can get Universal in the mix and use actual Universal Monsters like the Creature, rather than generic placeholders like "Gill-Man." - Zach]
I don't think anyone would call Guillermo del Toro a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy. He's definitely a planner. So much of one, in fact, that his professional calendar is booked through 2017. Currently -- and for the next five years -- knee-deep in The Hobbit, del Toro signed a three-year first-look deal with Universal in June of last year that will pick up after the epic New Line/Miramax project is finished.