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.
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…)
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.
Like me, have you been waiting and yearning for another Gremlins to come around to theaters? Mention the world “Gremlin” to anyone and chances are they know about those adorable fuzzballs and their no snacks after midnight rule. Sadly, we’ll have to dust off those copies of the Joe Dante classic as Gremlins 3 has been put on the back burner…permanently.
It’s sad but true. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Joe Dante spoke about the future of his 1984 creation. When ask about the possibility of a third Gremlins Joe responded:
“No. Every so often I call Warner Bros. and say, “You guys doing anything with this?” And they always say, “No.” There was a period a couple of years ago when I think they were working on something but that fell through. I don’t know. They didn’t really understand the first movie, so I think they’re having trouble figuring out what to do, especially with the change in special effects. The first movies were defined by the technique that we used, which is now out of date. Now, with CGI anything can happen, so it’s difficult to focus the story onto something that’s going to have a point. So rather than being No. 3, I would think they would just go back to the beginning and remake it.”
So the only way would be a remake (*rolls eyes*)? Well that’s shit, but there is a glimmer of hope from all this. When asked if he was interested in making another film with Gizmo Joe had the perfect answer:
“Well, that’s fine. It would be very flattering if they came to me and said, “Would you like to be involved?” But I have a feeling that they’ve moved on.”
Maybe next year people. Maybe.
Via: Inside Movies