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Joe Dante was part of a class of filmmaker that came up in the 80s under the wing of producer Steven Spielberg, and while he doesn’t get the projects and budgets of Robert Zemeckis or Chris Columbus, he’s still be turning out great work recently with films like The Hole and Burying the Ex. But what if, after Gremlins, Dante’s career had gone in another direction, a more action-oriented direction, one that involves the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime. Yes, apparently Dante was up for the job of directing a Batman movie before Tim Burton in the mid-80s, but he’s now revealing why he passed, and who he would have liked to play the Joker. (more…)


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…)

Key & Peele Explain What Happened To ‘Gremlins 2’


If you’ve ever wondered how the majority of sequels get knocked off track and can’t hold a candle to the original, then this video from Key & Peele will help you put all the pieces together. “It’s called brainstorming, not brain drizzling, sweet pea,” intones Star Magic Jackson, Jr (Peele) as he waxes fabulous to Key’s spot-on Joe Dante. Comedy maestros Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele take a stab at Hollywood’s questionable sequel-making process in this bit. For a taste of some killer movie making riffing, hit the jump.



It’s been 30 years since Gremlins came into theaters. Having style, charm, originality and humor to spare, this film was among the top echelon of movies from the glorious ’80’s. With Gizmo in our hearts, flawed rules to follow, and humorous but equally terrifying ill tempered satanic spawns, Gremlins has forever cemented itself as a staple in popular culture.

So what does Hollywood want to do? Reboot it, of course! And just to throw salt in the wound, a Goosebumps writer has been pegged to scribe it. (more…)


While the magical, nightmarish gremlins from the eponymous film Gremlins and its sequel might live to spawn another day to wreak havoc on Kingston Falls and the rest of the world, don’t expect their creator  Joe Dante to be any part of their continuing chaos. Talk of a reboot or a sequel to the 1984 and 1990  films has been tossed around for years like so much errant water on a mogwai. Now with names such as the original film’s director Richard Donner (Superman) and producer Chris Columbus (Goonies, Home  Alone) attached to a possible new Gremlins film, everyone just assumed that Dante would return to rein  in the chaotic world he helped create. Not so, he says. Instead, he ruminated with The Playlist about the trials and tribulations involved in getting film about the metamorphic imps out of the cocoon.  (more…)

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Did you ever stare at Billy’s crotch on the original poster for Gremlins?  Well some guy did, and in doing so, revealed an Easter egg fans of the film probably never noticed. What is it? Well, you’re gonna have to read on through to find out, but first, let us take a moment and reflect on Joe Dante’s classic film, with a few fun facts thrown in along the way. We’ve even got a 30 years later cast photo!


It’s almost surprising that we don’t hear more news about the studio pushing a remake of Gremlins, it’s only one of the most popular and well-known films from the 80s. That, and I’m pretty sure they’ve remade or rebooted just about everything else from the era. With last week’s news that Warner Bros was fast-tracking a Goonies follow-up comes an accompanying word that another film based on the Steven Spielberg-produced 1984 hit would be joining it in a theater near you, in the near future. (more…)


In the summer of 1984, a little movie called Gremlins came out and it taught us all about the value of proper pet care, and the hidden dangers of Christmas shopping at curio shops run by racial stereotypes. But mostly it taught us to love. It taught us the love of seeing scaly-skinned puppets terrorize a small town, and it taught us to laugh. Am I exaggerating? Possibly, but one thing I can’t deny is that I’ve never seen this video before…. (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.

Source: /Film

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