Writer hired for Gremlins reboot?

News Simon Brew 13 May 2013 - 12:21
Gremlins 2 = great movie

The planned reboot of Gremlins looks like it's moved one step closer...

As we've mentioned on more than one occasion at Den Of Geek, director Joe Dante pulled a blinder with Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Hired back by Warner Bros, when the studio was struggling to get the sequel off the ground, Dante was given relatively free reign, and happily used it. He made, to paraphrase him, a sequel that would all but wipe out the chances of a Gremlins 3.

It's been an effective plan too, but the reboot machine has been circling Gremlins for some time now. And it may just have got its prey.

Bloody Disgusting is now reporting that Seth Grahame-Smith, who penned last year's Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the man who has been hired. Grahame-Smith also wrote the likes of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies of which a movie version is on the way. He's also reportedly penned a script for a Beetlejuice sequel.

David Katzenberg is producing whatever the new Gremlins movie turns out to be called.

Don't expect Joe Dante to direct this one, sadly. Even though he clearly should. When we hear more about the project, we'll let you know...

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No Dante, No Puppets, No Interest


I agree with those hating on this, I do, but Seth could at least take this in an interesting direction, parodying the whole concept underneath to start with... Maybe?


No reboot, Gremlins 3 ! No CGI: puppets !

Because Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter were both such good movies <facepalm></facepalm>

Considering how much more advanced animatronics have become over the past 20+ years, I'd be really happy to see the gremlins made as puppets again. As for a possible script, I'd hope for it to be written in the style of older movies, particularily from the 80's. I don't really like how most comedies are written these days and I shudder each time I hear about another 80's flick getting remade, most likely ruined by the virtue of being adapted to current trends. (I'm struck with the mental image of Ken Jeong running with a Gremlin biting into his crotch, while Michael Cera looks on with that same awkward look he always has.)

So I would definitely want a more nostalgic way for a possible Gremlins 3 to be made. It is a matter of opinion, but I thought that JJ Abrams did a pretty good job in re-creating the Spielbergian feel in "Super 8", with many of the tropes and visual aesthetics working approprietely. Thus I'd like him to be involved if they decide to make a new Gremlins movie as an old-school horror comedy.

Depressing, really depressing.

Oh God no! Joe Dante gave us the exclamation point with Gremlins 2. That is (and should be) the last word in Gremlin films.

"Seth Grahame-Smith, who penned last year's Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the man who has been hired. "

As long as they hired someone with a proven track record (rolls eyes).

Thankyou for that ray of sunshine, next time I feel the need to be depressed I'll be sure to give you a call.

And Pride And Prejudice And Zombies sounds like a box office winner too.

Well, whatever advances have been made in animatronics, they've largely taken a back seat ot cgi.

Not always, thankfully, because filmmakers often still use puppets and animatronic limbs for close-ups to make creatures look more solid. The main reason the Gremlins are so beloved is due to the puppets of the two movies, so hopefully they get the right people behind a potential third Gremlins or a reboot, who understand that puppets are the way to go.

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