Mike Mitchell to helm 'Monster Squad'

Warner Bros.' action comedy centers on a neurotic father

Mike Mitchell will direct "Monster Squad," formerly known as "Nightcrawlers," Warner Bros.' long-gestating supernatural action comedy.

The studio picked up "Nightcrawlers" as a spec by Brian Lynch in 2000. The project went through numerous writers, including Michael Arndt and Audrey Wells, as Warners sought to find a balance of laughs and chills.

The project's title was changed to "Monster Squad," though it is not a remake of the 1987 Warners movie written by Shane Black.

The studio is keeping mum on the new "Squad" log line, which has changed considerably in the last decade. It remains, however, a high-concept, big-budget, supernatural fantasy.

Brad Copeland wrote the current script.

Warners is aiming for a shoot in late summer 2010.

Donald De Line is producing. Jessica Goodman is overseeing for the studio.

Mitchell, repped by CAA, is in postproduction on "Shrek Forever After," the fourth film in the franchise. He also directed Disney's "Sky High" and DreamWorks' "Surviving Christmas."