Apparently Hollywood has been working on a remake of seminal holiday-horror classic Gremlins for years now. Perhaps my subconscious mind has switched to an autonomous mode of denial simply bypassing such desecrating thoughts, preventing a system overload after the deluge of information regarding Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, which already melted my noggin. On the other hand, perhaps they’re just planning on remaking everything that has nostalgic value from the 80’s and it simply didn’t register in my brain amidst the copious other announcements of reboots of 80’s franchises. One thing is sure, nothing is sacred anymore, so you’re going to have to be prepared for the worst, because it seems originality has become somewhat less profitable these days.
It’s a threat, and one that is going to be taunting and looming over us now that the project has been put on hold “for now.” It’s those words “for now,” that have the power to instill the fear in fans of the original Gremlins. Perhaps Paul Feig will lap this up straight after he has wrapped post-production on the Ghostbusters reboot; replacing the Gremlins with, I dunno, …a tonne of mini Melissa McCarthy‘s?
According to Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows), the project came pretty close to happening last year over at Warner Bros. when he was hired to pen a script for the reboot. And, in a similar vein to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the movie was going to have “a completely different cast of characters, but acknowledging the events of the first two movies,” but fear not, as we are safe “for now.” Therefore, essentially, they have taken a break from it and will return at some point in the future. Smith spoke with EW about the film, and he offered an update on the status of the reboot:
“I think we just ran out of steam,” Grahame-Smith says. “It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven [Spielberg]’s making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy. We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”
So, they “are all taking a five-minute break on [the movie].” But, what is one to take away from that statement? I suppose it depends on whether you like reboots or passionately hate them and think that Hollywood needs to get a grip and start producing more original content. Therefore, it’s both; a threat, and a promise.
Consequently, Warner Bros., are taking a long hiatus from the project, but there is still a chance it will swing its ugly around again to knock us die-hard 80s nostalgia-enthusiasts for six. I see this as a win for the time being, and hopefully everyone that was attached remain too busy and we can put this nightmare behind us and get on with our lives.
What do you think peeps? Are you relieved? Or would you liked to have seen an updated Gremlins movie with an overabundance of CGI set in a modern world?
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Via – GeekTyrant