Chris Columbus joins the Gremlins reboot

News Simon Brew 9 Jul 2014 - 06:59
Don't feed 'em after midnight...

The writer of the original Gremlins joins the new movie as a producer...

Well, it looks as if Warner Bros is serious this time. For many years, there's been talk of a Gremlins reboot/remake/belated sequel, but there finally seems to be some real progress being made.

We already knew that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were involved with the new Gremlins film. But The Tracking Board now reports that Chris Columbus has jumped aboard the new Gremlins as a producer. Columbus penned the screenplay for the first film, and he's also set to produce the belated Goonies sequel that's also in the works. Steven Spielberg is also said to be involved in both projects.

The Tracking Board suggests that the new Gremlins is a remake, although we're not 100% sure that's the case. It does seem clear that the director of the first two films, Joe Dante, is not involved, at least not at the moment.

More news on Gremlins 3 - or whatever it ends up being called - as we hear it.

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Unless they are remaking this into a full on horror, I see no reason why I shouldn't just pop in my copy of the original movie and enjoy it in all its awesomeness.

but this time make mogwai transform if he snorts kokain. and be given as a gift to a mexican drug lord's child and then have him hire rama to save his drug cartel from gremlins infestation.

Even though Columbus was the original writer, his sensibilities have changed so much in the intervening years that I don't find his involvement in this very comforting. The only way I could get excited about this is if they bring Dante on board.

They already did a meta, post modern sequel that was full on comedy, and really what gag did they not cover in that movie with all the different chemically enhanced monsters and jokes about the media and television business?

They'd need to either go full horror (unlikely), or explore some bizarre concept to generate new scenarios and settings for our lovable little murderers. And they'd need to stick with animatronic puppets, it's far more impressive and immersive than cheating with cgi...

I don't feel good about this movie... It has "pointless Paul verheuven remake syndrome" written all over it.

Or Edgar wright. He's free these days

Gremlins really has Joe Dante running through it... you can see the progression from Piranha to The Howling to the mainstream classic that is Gremlins. It's like Spider-Man movies without Sam Raimi. They need that unique humour that only Dante or Raimi bring to their storytelling.

There is so much they can do with a Gremlins set in modern time! Especially the 3 Mogwai rules:

1) Keep it away from people taking selfies
2) Don't let Justin Beiber near it
3) Never, never ever let it tweet after midnight

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