It’s almost surprising that we don’t hear more news about the studio pushing a remake of Gremlins, it’s only one of the most popular and well-known films from the 80s. That, and I’m pretty sure they’ve remade or rebooted just about everything else from the era. With last week’s news that Warner Bros was fast-tracking a Goonies follow-up comes an accompanying word that another film based on the Steven Spielberg-produced 1984 hit would be joining it in a theater near you, in the near future.
The original Goonies post on Ain’t it Cool News also mentioned that Warners is fast-tracking Gremlins, but it was an-offhanded reference almost. What’s lacking, perhaps, is the fact that the Goonies news came from original director Richard Donner, and sadly, nothing about Gremlins mentions its original director Joe Dante. Dante, of course, got a chance to make a Gremlins sequel, 1990’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which purposely descended into a parody and satire of the first film in a story that saw the titular creatures besiege a New York City high rise.
Although it’s unlikely that a new Gremlins film would proceed without Spielberg, it would be nice if the studio also reached out to Dante. That mixture of humor and horror that made the first film so successful had a lot to do with Dante, and most critics admire Dante’s willingness to boldly depart from the original’s tone in Gremlins 2. It feels like Dante’s been good and hosed by Hollywood in recent years, his last movie The Hole got a pity release three years after it premiered in 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and he’s had to survive on directing episodes of Hawaii Five-O. Dante deserves better dammit!
We’ll have more news about Gremlins as it develops. In the meantime, read our interview with Gremlins star Zach Galligan by Nerd Bastards’ own Mark Poynter.
Source: Coming Soon