If there will be a lingering fallout to the overwhelming success of Jurassic World, it won’t be a coming glut of dinosaur films at the multiplex, but a number of films that aren’t reboots of beloved franchises, but continuations. Jurassic World is an example of nostalgia done right, and if it can work for one Steven Spielberg property, then why can’t it work for another? For a long time now, there’s been significant effort to reboot Gremlins, but now the powers that be are looking at the success of Jurassic World and saying, What might Billy and Gizmo be up to 30 years after the original?
At a Q&A following a screening of Gremlins at London’s Prince Charles Cinema, star Zach Galligan said that plans for a reboot are off the table, and it was a key person behind the scenes that made it all possible. “It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form,” Galligan told the crowd (as reported by Games Radar). “Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade.”
Columbus, now well-known as a director in his own right thanks to successes like Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter films, penned the screenplay of Gremlins based on an idea from Spielberg. Now the idea is to embrace the Jurassic World ideal, and return to the world of the original decades later rather than start it all again from scratch.
“So the only thing they will be – and apparently are going to be – doing is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later,” Galligan affirmed.
Why not? Clearly rebooting the whole thing hasn’t worked out in anyone’s favor. The next question though is how much thought has gone into this continuation notion so far? Is this the version of the script being presently developed by Goosebump’s screenwriter Carl Ellsworth? He was hired back in April, but pulling a Jurassic World with Gremlins seems like a recent development. Also, who might they get to fill the director’s chair? It’s pretty unlikely that they’d bring back original director Joe Dante, who threw caution to the wind when he made Gremlins 2: The New Batch, easily one of the most audacious and unconventional sequels ever made. Still, one can hope.
We’ll keep you posted with all the latest Gremlins World (?) news as it becomes available.