It’s been more than 27 years since the last Gremlins film. The original horror comedy which focused on cute little Gizmo, when after breaking the 3 main rules unleashed Gremlins, the pesky troublesome creatures that caused all sorts of havoc on Kingston Falls in the original film, and in New York City in the sequel. While the sequel was not as successful as the original, fans still wanted to see more of this world. For years many have wondered if there would ever be a sequel to the franchise. It looks like, after all these years, we have an update.
Actor Zach Galligan, who played Gizmo’s owner Billy Peltzer was recently interviewed and asked if there was any hope for a Gremlins sequel. Not only is a sequel in development, but the gang’s getting back together for it.
“I think you can tell what’s happening with Gremlins 3 the same way you could tell with Gremlins 2. It’s the same people and they tend to work the same way. There is a huge time gap but it’s Warner Bros, Spielberg, and Chris Columbus. Now, Chris Columbus didn’t have anything to do with Gremlins 2 – because by his own admission he didn’t see a franchise. He kind of regrets it I believe, but he was ‘one and done’ I don’t think he cared for Gremlins 2 and the direction some of the characters went in, so he’s kind of wrestled control back. Everything I’m quoting is stuff he’s publicly said.”
Now he did not get into the weeds as to an actual plot, but described that the approach being discussed is similar to The Force Awakens, where a new film is being made by taking cues (and actors) from the original films and moving the narrative forward as a reboot/sequel. He also suggested some interesting ideas as to where they could possibly go.
“He (Chris Columbus) has been aggressively working on a Gremlins 3 that takes place in present day. He tantalizingly says there will be some NEW characters and some OLD characters – I guess in the style of a Force Awakens type sequel – One thing we know for sure is they have a writer on board. The only insight I can give is the following: There was a 6-year gap between Gremlins and Gremlins 2 most of that time was spent with them writing and rejecting ideas and re-writing. One of the ideas that was rejected was ‘gremlins in Vegas’ they went with that for 18 months and felt it was too expensive. Eventually, they came up with the tower idea, where essentially I’m working for Donald Trump our new President! That took six years to happen. Carl Ellsworth, has been apparently working on the script for a year and a half now. If no new names start appearing on the IMDB listing then that means they like the script. If new names start appearing, y’know Kevin Smith appears, it means it’s back in rewrites with a new vision. Warner Bros definitely wants it, Chris Columbus wants to do it because he’d like to undo the Gremlins 2 thing as he wasn’t thrilled with it and Spielberg wants to do it I imagine – because he’s Spielberg – and why wouldn’t he want to do it. Once he’s found the right script he can attach his name and make a ton of money. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
So has too much time passed for a new Gremlins film? 27 years is a long time for a sequel/reboot. However, the original film made $151 million (and that’s good numbers for 1984). Of course box office isn’t the only thing to think of. Gremlins, just screams “toys” and the product tie-ins would be lucrative for Warne Bros as well. Time will tell if this sequel gets off the ground to see if it was worth the wait
Source: Movie Web