So about that Gremlins reboot. Apparently, it’s not so much a reboot as it is a “reinvention”. What does that mean exactly, and what does Star Wars have to do with it?
Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm.com recently spoke with the original writer of Gremlins Christopher Columbus. He confirmed that that he is indeed coming back to the franchise as a producer, as well steered away from the negativity around the word “reboot”, stating that the new Gremlins is not going to be that, at least not entirely.
On being involved in the reboot, Columbus said:
I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s a, it’s just a reinvention of it.
Columbus wasn’t able to go into any details as to plot/story info. He did, however, provide some insight as to what changed his mind about going back into the world of Gremlins. Apparently, the brand new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer had a lot to do with his decision, citing emotional connections and nostalgia.
I mean, one thing I learned from the Star Wars trailer is — and actually, we knew this all along and J.J.’s been doing it and really doing it effectively, beautifully is touching into that emotional connection we have with our past. And he did it with Star Trek, just by casting Leonard Nimoy in that role in that movie, and really having that connection. So when I saw the Star Wars trailer and saw Chewie and Han Solo at the end of the trailer, I was, it was emotional. And that’s what everybody wanted for the past 30 years. We had wanted that. So for me, I would wanna get involved if we could create some sort of emotional connection even though it’s a new story.
Whatever form this new Gremlins takes, does this mean will see the original films Zach Galligan (who played Billy Peltzer) say “Gizmo, we’re home” or something to that affect?
What Columbus’ comments indicate to me is that while we’re not getting a direct sequel, we’re not getting a complete reboot either. A new Gremlins story for a new generation, that plays in the same sandbox as the previously established universe. So in other words “reinvention” is kind of like Brunch, it’s neither breakfast nor is it lunch but some genius weird combination of the two. This new Gremlins will be a sequel-style reboot set 30 years after the original.
Perhaps actors from the original two movies will be back or referenced in some way. Something, at least, that harkens back to the established continuity. That’s good to assume. Particularly in this current age where studios just cash in on brand recognition, making reboots left and right, and burning what we love to the ground. There’s a reason why properties like Gremlins are classics. It’s not just brand recognition, it’s the emotional connection. At least with a reinvention angle you can tell a largely different story while maintaining ties to the original that we love.
What is ultimately reassuring is that the original writer of Gremlins is involved with this reboot/reinvention (however you want to label it) and impassioned with handling it with great care.
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