Hollywood’s retro-love is still in full swing, even if it takes some projects a little longer than others to complete the process from concept to completion. Long-time writer and director Chris Columbus is out on the press tour for his new movie, Pixels, that opens this week (look for my review at Noon EDT Wednesday here on the site), and he gave us media types a little more info on where the reboots of two major 1980s products – Goonies and Gremlins – stand.
In speaking with ScreenCrush, Columbus – who is the writer of both of these original ’80s films – exudes a bit of a “hurry up and wait” vibe, saying that the development of films in the industry can sometimes be “a slow process and I don’t think it will happen too quickly.” He went on to elaborate:
The stuff that I’m involved with — the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance — they would do that without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track.
A new Goonies project, potentially different than the one that Columbus is referencing, has been in the potential pipeline for a while now, but the early word on that film’s development was that it was attached “in some way” to the original, without being a straight sequel. Rumors of the story involving the children of the original Goonies were floated around for a bit, but at this time, there’s been no concrete news updates on this particular project.
The Gremlins movie, on the other hand, is a more recent development, and Columbus has been reported to have a much higher level of involvement with that film. Within the last few months, it was reported that Warner Brothers has hired writer Carl Ellsworth to write a script for the film. I personally had a chance to chat for a bit with Zack Galligan, star of the original Gremlins film, at a convention in June of this year; while he didn’t mention anything specifically about being involved in a new Gremlins project, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be involved in some way, either.
What do you think, Bastardites? Are you interested in seeing one or both of these classic films rebooted, or no?