Gremlins 3 likely to be more remake than sequel

News Simon Brew
24 Jun 2014 - 06:55
Gremlins 2 = great movie

Gremlins 3 is still inching forward, with news of potential writers, and the direction the project is going...

It's 30 years now since Joe Dante's wonderful Gremlins first appeared, meaning it's 24 years since his equally terrific sequel landed. As we've recalled several times on this site, one of Dante's cited ambitions with Gremlins 2: The New Batch was to effectively end any chance of there being Gremlins 3. He damn well nearly did it too.

But there's a growing sense that Warner Bros is keen to revisit the Gremlins series, and it sounds as if further progress is being made. Film Divider reports this morning that Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil) and Alex Ankeles (Subdivision) have pitched for the writing job on the movie, and said pitch "apparently went down a storm". They're said to have the approval of Christopher Columbus' 1492 Entertainment (Columbus penned the original film), and now just need the nod from Steven Spielberg. If they get that, then the pair will have the green light to pen a screenplay for Gremlins 3.

Not that it's likely to be a straight sequel. Instead, Warner Bros is likely to opt more for a reboot, unsurprisingly. The film is likely to "include story elements from the original 1984 movie, marking it out as a remake rather than a sequel".

The story at Film Divider is here, along with a look at the brilliant moment from the first Gremlins, where Phoebe Cates talked about the day she realised Santa Claus didn't exist... 

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