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? (more…)
Millions of fans reached the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and thought, “I wonder what comes next for Harry and friends?” The book’s epilogue offers some insight, but there was still an 18 year gulf between the Battle of Hogwarts and the gang seeing their kids off on the Hogwarts’ Express. Pottermore‘s tried to fill in some of those blanks a couple of thousand words at a time, but let’s cut the chase, wouldn’t it be nice to have another Harry Potter movie with an adult Harry, Ron and Hermoine having an adventure as twentysomethings? It turns out that filmmaker Chris Columbus has had the same thought. (more…)
Like the “average” summer movie fare, Pixels has good stuff and bad stuff. Like most films that want to be profitable and seen as a “hit” in the eyes of the public, the question must that must be asked is “does the good stuff outweigh the bad stuff?” If you’re an eager pre-teen movie-goer, a parent of an eager pre-teen movie-goer, or a thirtysomething who really digs some deep-reaching retro references, then Pixels is probably right up your alley. And if you don’t fall into one of those categories? Well, let’s just say that your princess might be in another castle.
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.
It all started with a fantastic short Pixels back in 2010 by film maker Patrick Jean. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve embedded that short for you below. From there it quickly moved into development over at Columbia pictures and Happy Madison Productions. That’s right Adam Sandler and company are bringing this Pixel short concept to the big screen. (more…)
I’m not really sure how this is going to work (yet I really can’t wait to see them try), but there’s now a Mrs. Doubtfire 2 in the works, despite the fact that it has been twenty years since Chris Columbus’ initial film hit theaters. Robin Williams (who co-produced the first) is returning to star in the film, more than likely hoping to replicate the original’s $440 million worldwide box office take. Since the children are now all grown, I can only hope that this somehow becomes Williams and Columbus’ White Madea series, if only for the potential of a Tyler Perry crossover.
A race war led by two weird dudes in old lady drag? The possibilities seem endless.
With literally everything in the 80s seemingly being remade or rebooted, it was only a matter of time before we got around to Gremlins. The 1984 classic directed by Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg got one 1990 sequel before going dark for the next 22 years. But it’s a cult classic, with name cache, so obviously someone’s going to want to cash in on that. And the time is now according to Vulture.
The website is reporting that Warner Bros. executives are looking to get Spielberg’s blessing to get rolling on a new Gremlins. Dante himself has been wanting to make another Gremlins for a while, but working with Dante isn’t exactly ideal for Warners from a business point of view. He’s not really a dynamo at the box office, and his last film sat on the shelf for three years. Also, Spielberg’s going to have his own ideas, which might be why Warners wants to just get his approval and proceed (even though Spielberg did write the storyline for the original before passing scripting duties to Chris Columbus).
So aside from the who might take the reins of this new Gremlins question, it will surely plague the nerdy as to what a new Gremlins might look like too. Meaning will the potential filmmaker of a potential third Gremlins movie embrace CG creatures, revisit old school animatronic, or some combination there of? Of course, that’s if Warners is able to get fans past the initial gag reflex of hating any and all remakes.
More news as it develops.
Deadline is reporting that writer/director/producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) will team with brothers Dan and Josh Braun to bring Creepy comics (and hopefully Uncle Creepy) to the big screen. Born in the mid 1960s, Creepy ran for 19 years until 1983 when it ceased. Dan Braun, an advertising professional, documentary filmmaker, and former rock musician who occasionally played at the CBGB in the early 80s, bought the rights to both Creepy and it’s sister horror anthology magazine, Eerie in 2007 and re-launched them. They are presently a part of the Dark Horse family.
Pulp horror fans who are a bit too young to know of the original Creepy will surely know Tales From the Crypt, the HBO series that celebrated the old 1950s EC comic book. That show ran from 1989-1996 and was, really, the last great horror anthology show/film, following in the footsteps of The Outer Limits (though that was more sci-fi), Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, and others. Now Columbus and company are doubtlessly looking to pay homage to those descendant and push the boundaries of this mostly abandoned genre — I for one can’t wait.