Anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s should remember a classic little film about a cute furry little critter that multiplies when it gets wet and should never eat after midnight.
I think any kid that first saw this movie was dying to get their hands on a mogwai. Gizmo was adorable. He could drive a remote controlled car and re-enacted scenes from Rambo. He was awesome. But all hell would break loose when some numbskull would get him wet. Little balls of fur would shoot from his back and there’d be multiple little furry critters and of course somehow those little things were little bastards, and would have to get ahold of some food after midnight by some type of means. Then, they would turn in to green,little slimy monsters that still had a great sense of humor and also were pretty well versed in pop culture icons and liked to reenact scenes from films.
The first film released in 1984 was the highlight of the two film franchise, the second film, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, had its good points but went more slapstick than the original, both Joe Dante directed films. But still there are a couple scenes that stick in my mind from the second Gremlins film. The girl Gremlin. The brainiac Gremlin. The bat Gremlin. All of whom had turned into various incarnations once they got into a laboratory that had gene splicing experiments and concoctions, that they all had to drink and try.
Well now a whole new generation may be being introduced to a reboot/remake of the original beloved film. Gremlins 3 or a Gremlins reboot is on the horizon. For the past year comments have been made by both Chris Columbus, the writer of the original Gremlins, and Zach Galligan, who played Billy Peltzer in The Gremlins and its sequel, that another Gremlins film is in our future.
Now, no dates have been announced yet and I’m sure that’s highly due to the fact that they don’t know exactly where they want to go with the franchise except that they want the franchise to continue. One sequel idea that was in the works and that Columbus spoke of was a “twisted and dark” story, which also hinted at the death of Gizmo and that too many people had died because of Gizmo, which made it sound like a direct sequel to the two original films.
Then, months later, Columbus spoke with an interviewer according to a report by Movieweb.com and this what he had to say:
“Gremlins we are actively talking about that. So that’s what I am working on with my production company 1492 Pictures. It will almost definitely be a reboot.”
So there we have it…for now. It will be a reboot. Now, whether or not Chris Columbus will be directing it remains to be seen. There are not many details only that this is something he is passionate about and wants to create.
What would you like to see in a new Gremlins film? Would you rather it be a sequel or a reboot?
Article written by Daniel Bowers