Warner Bros trying again for Gremlins reboot

News Simon Brew 17 Jan 2013 - 07:02
Gremlins 2 = great movie

Joe Dante's Gremlins looks like it might actually be rebooted this time around. Don't shoot the messenger...(ducks)

We’re, as you may have guessed, sizeable fans of director Joe Dante here. And one of the things we love him for is Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The story goes that by the time Warner Bros offered him the chance to direct the sequel to his 1984 smash hit movie, the studio had tried lots of other options, and gave Dante the freedom to make more of the film he wanted.

Thus, he set about making a sequel that would hamper any chance of a Gremlins 3 being made, by taking the rise out of the whole idea of a sequel in the first place.

Gremlins 2 remains a massively underappreciated sequel, and it was scheduled up against Dick Tracy in the summer of 1990, promptly losing out at the box office. As such, there was no Gremlins 3, with infrequent rumours of a reboot surfacing from time to time. The last time said rumours popped up, we asked Gremlins writer Chris Columbus about them. He said back then, in 2010, that he wasn't involved, and had read about the reports just like the rest of us.

Zach Galligan, star of the the original films, was keen to reprise his role as Billy last time we chatted to him about it.

Now though, Vulture reports that Warner Bros is negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment for the rights to make another Gremlins, and the suggestion is that this time, the attempt to get hold of them is likely to be successful.

Sadly, if a new Gremlins film does happen, then two the following two things are likely to be true. Joe Dante isn’t likely to be involved with it (Moviehole reports that Zach Snyder is involved, but we can't confirm that), and the puppets will be gone, replaced by CG Gremlins instead. Here’s hoping we’re wrong on both counts, but in the case of the latter, can you really imagine a Hollywood studio committing to months of puppet shooting after the first round of production, when there’s a bank of computers somewhere doing nothing?

More on this story as we hear it. Try not to cry.

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