The current trend for sequels, remakes, reboots and reimaginings is still going strong, with seemingly every classic movie that ever there was getting remade in some way. The Goonies and Gremlins were both huge in their day, and rumors of both getting rebooted and/or sequels have been circulating for years.
At various points in time these reboots have been on and off the cards. Back in April 2014 it was rumored that Warner Bros. had fast-tracked both reboots, but seemingly nothing came of that over the following months. In fact, by early 2015, produce Frank Marshall was admitting that even a story for a Goonies sequel, in particular, had yet to be settled on.
However, in April 2015, the Gremlins reboot found its writer in Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth (who reportedly did uncredited work on the screenplay for the upcoming Goosebumps movie). News about that project and/or another Goonies movie has been scarce otherwise, though Chris Columbus (who wrote both the original Gremlins and Goonies) says he remains involved with both franchises.
Columbus told ScreenCrush that he is “heavily developing” both a new Gremlins and Goonies film alike, but acknowledged that the process has been slow. He added:
“The stuff that I’m involved with — the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance — they would do that without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track.”
Goonies director Richard Donner previously indicated that a sequel to that film is being actively developed, possibly with a plot focusing on the kids of the original Goonies – therefore paving the way for the original actors to return. Columbus is now calling the project a Goonies reboot, which it presumably would have to be by this point (a “soft reboot”, anyway); that is, a new adventure, with different young heroes and villains alike.
As for the Gremlins reboot, details are even more scarce. Aside from the appointment of Ellsworth, we know that Columbus and Spielberg are onboard as producers, but original director, Joe Dante, is not. Producer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) had claimed that the project was essentially on hold not long before the news about Ellsworth emerged, so presumably the project is still in the early stages of development.
Still, with the current trend for reboots remaining so strong, it’s hard to see that either the Goonies and/or Gremlins property return to the big screen at some point. The Goonies seems to have the most potential for an entirely new storyline and context, but it remains to be seen whether the original Goonies audience would take to that. Similarly, if Gremlins returns by way of modern technology (and a more tame temperament), then fans of the original films may not take well to the reboot.
We’ll bring you more information on The Goonies and Gremlins reboots are it become available. Meanwhile, Chris Columbus’ new film, Pixels, opens this Friday.