Warner Bros. Planning ‘Gremlins’ Reboot (Again)

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gremlins reboot Warner Bros. Planning Gremlins Reboot (Again)

Hollywood is running out of cult 1980s movies to reboot, yet somehow Joe Dante’s Gremlins has managed to fly under the radar to date. Sure, there’ve been rumors of a developing (3D) remake over the years, but it’s failed to progress beyond the speculation stage (even while FootlooseRed Dawn and Fright Night remakes have rolled on down the line).

Warner Bros. is negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, in order to get the ball rolling on Gremlins 2.0 (again). However, insiders are claiming that this particular round of discussions may, indeed, culminate with the project moving into pre-production.

Gremlins is the 1984 horror-comedy that introduced audiences to Dante’s reptilian monsters – and their cuddly parent, the Mogwai Gizmo – before inspiring a sequel and multiple imitator ‘creature features’ in the accompanying years (Critters, etc.); moreover, Dante’s film and Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are historically credited for leading the MPAA to create the PG-13 Rating. Gremlins has since gone on to become a cult classic that many nostalgic movie fans annually revisit around Christmastime (since that’s when it take place), despite such violent content and darkly-satirical undertones.

Screenwriter Chris Columbus has spoken about returning to the Gremlins-verse:

“It would be fun to go back and revisit. Something like Gremlins, which is a movie I really like, I think it’s impossible to recreate in a CGI environment. I think it will inevitably lose some of its charm. Those are edgy Muppets in a sense and you don’t want to lose that sense of anarchy that those gremlins had, because behind the scenes are 25 puppeteers making them to come to life.”

It’s possible that Spielberg (who executive produced Gremlins) has similar feelings as Columbus; though, Vulture reports the task of getting him onboard for a reboot has “always proved too daunting a financial prospect,” so the problem might just be cost, rather than creative concerns. Their sources believe the new talks could result in a deal, but warn to not begin holding your breath yet (or letting out a sigh of relief, if you were hoping this reboot might never happen).

Gremlins Warner Bros. Planning Gremlins Reboot (Again)

Columbus has a point about a Gremlins reboot possibly failing to recapture “that sense of anarchy” that makes the original linger in people’s memories. Dante’s film has appeared on two Screen Rant lists – ‘Craziest ’80s Kids Movies’ and ‘Movie Moments That Scared Us Forever’ – for similar reasons.

The current mood in Hollywood makes it all the less likely that a reboot would take similar risks; unless, perhaps, the folks behind the original movie are involved with the remake (a la Evil Dead)? It depends on what Warner Bros. heads want, should they be interested in a (crazy) creepy kids’ movie or aiming the new Gremlins more at adults. That’s assuming the project does indeed get the go-ahead signal…

We’ll keep you posted on the Gremlins reboot as the story develops.


Source: Vulture

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  1. Awesome! Id rather see a sequel then a reboot though. The originals were too much fun.

  2. I’m game for a sequel even though I never was since I first heard about a reboot. I’m not sure what changed my mind but I think rebooting this story I feel everyone is primed for and the franchise could use an updated storytelling but lets not get goofy with the story like they did with Gremlins 2 they should keep the somewhat serious but scary tone from the 1st movie for anyone to take the rebooted franchise seriously. I have a weird feeling if this becomes a success we might see a reboot of Back To The Future.

    • That will never happen!

  3. I have to agree with Dante, the creatures wouldn’t look as adorable as the originals if it were developed using CGI. Nevertheless, I’d be up for it if they can come up with a good plot, good script & good actors.

  4. I personally didn’t like the original gremlins, but I LOVED gremlins 2. I hope they keep the lighthearted approach.

  5. @volks

    Reboot back to the future? What do you want to bet the new time machine will be a Prius.

    • That would suck if it was a Prius but leave it to some Hollywood Tree Hugger to do that…

      How about a Lotus that runs on Natural Gas!!! HydroFrack away!!!

  6. As much as I love the original “Gremlins”, it had room for improvement. I’m all for this

  7. I actually showed gremlins to my kids when It came on encore last week and a sequel or even a well done reboot would be welcomed. Mostly for updated references and jokes. I agree with keeping the puppets mostly being used. A little bit of cgi would be ok if used only with a huge population of gremlin shots. But the first one was dark. Especially the “why I hate Xmas story” from phoebe Kate’s character.

  8. I would be surprised if there would be mass appeal for a remake.

  9. Meh…….. It will probably come out right after Ghostbusters 3.

  10. The best thing that could happen is they reboot it and it’s an awesome film…that’s also the most unlikely thing to happen. My guess is a reboot happens and it isn’t very good, but it will get a younger generation to check out the original and improve DVD/Blu-ray sales…so some good can come from it.

  11. Oh really, do they have to?!

    I try not to moan too much about remakes but come on not Gremlins, I love that movie, it’s nostalgic and gruesome in equal measure!

    why not just make a new movie with a similar storyline like they used to in the old days, Mac and Me was clearly a rip off of ET but nobody cared, how many movies were just a play on similar story lines, the buddy cop movie (Lethal Weapon and 48 hours) the lone hero taking on an army movie (Commando and Rambo) the kids go on an adventure movie (The Goonies and Stand by Me) the psycho stalker movie (Halloween and Friday 13th) Hollywood used to just regurgitate the same ideas but put the effort in, how many Die Hard on a plane, train, ship, bus movies did we get?! The movie idea became a genre all of its own

    Now they are that lazy that it’s just remaking movies, filling them with CGI and using generic actors, without bringing anything original to the idea, its tiresome!

    As if any modern teenager would be happy with a pet for Xmas, however obsucre and cute it is, let alone be able keep it a secret, the thing would have its on Facebook page and be an Internet sensation within minutes!

    Rant over lol

    • 48 Hours wasn’t a buddy cop movie. It was a cop and con team up.

  12. No Thanks! I rather stick to the original. Warner Bros. give up already!

  13. *facepalm*

    I’d rather see a sequel.

  14. Bad times

  15. I will be directing this movie and when the granny goes zooming up the stairs like in the first one, she will EXPLODE instead! IDK, maybe a giant Gremlin from the future comes to the present to destroy Gizmo because of Gizmo multiplying because he got wet and she was an innocent bystander?

    Where is MY check?

  16. Typo:
    since that’s when it *take* place

    • You do realize those classics still exist even if they make remakes/reboots? They don’t go out and burn all the footage from the originals to make room in the archives for these new films. And if you don’t want to “ruin” your own personal memory…don’t see the remake. It’s that easy.

      • Well said :)

        • Agreed, Professor Procrastination. Well put.

  17. If a “sense of anarchy” is what Columbus wants to preserve then just get the over the top duo of Jim Carrey and Robin Williams to sit down with him and hammer out a script. They might even be willing to act in it and then you would get something. A possible way to get Spielberg involved would be to play on his sense of nostalgia in such a way as to compel him to want to participate, without costing you a fortune. Although Carey and Williams would already cost you a fortune..

    Who I’m I kidding it’s impossible…

    • Jim Carrey costs a fortune alone, they’d never be willing to invest him in something that has a 50/50 chance of either being really good or extremely bad.

      I wouldn’t mind Robin Williams though, he’s always been able to be either funny or serious. Carrey is slowly working his way into that state with being in some brilliant dramas like “The Truman Show” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, but there is still a sense of over-acting that he wants to shake off and never quite does whereas Robin has balanced himself over the years and has grasped the idea of drawing the line between acting and over-acting.

      “Gremlins” isn’t completely serious, but there is still a mysterious and dark aspect to the tone and story. Robin could appear as a side character, but I don’t consider casting Carrey

      • *don’t consider, instead of I don’t

        • I think I understand you point of view ACW 007 but set money issues and the risk aside for a moment and imagine those two and Columbus penning a script? The stream of consciousness would just boil out and I could imagine Carrey playing some mad scientist type experimenting on the Gremlins in a movie. Admittedly you’d have to catch them with the fun aspect of the whole thing and to say Carrey has left behind all screwball comedy is to deny all the talk, articles, and hope for the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel that so many have.

          Yeah I totally agree his efforts in other genre’s has been successful and he would never give up pursuing and doing that. He’s grown into the total entertainer and that’s why I think he would rock bringing his sensibilities into properties that he doesn’t necessarily star in. That’s why I’d support something like this with my ticket dollars, even if you couldn’t get him or Williams in front of the camera, just to see them take on a project like this together in some way. :)

      • I’d love to see Jim Carey and Robin Williams driving across America in a RV, taking on eating challenges along the way, Man Vs Food style, just one cameraman, documentary style, now that would hilarious!!

    • We don’t NEED movies, period.

  18. HELL NO!!!!!

  19. Yes Gremlins is dated, so is another classic, Goonies. Neither are films that I wish to see remade as both still hold up as fun flicks regardless of time. I wish film makers would focus on those films, that had potential but, were awful like Masters of the Universe, instead of our nostalgic favorites.

    • It’s ok, just DON’T WATCH THEM if they put ‘em out. Problem solved.

  20. Critters was not a “gremlins ripoff”. Critters was written years ahead of Gremlins and the filmmakers had to make changes to the final draft so it would less resemble the then-released Gremlins.

  21. Don’t reboot it, add to it!! juat get the old cast and have their grown children fight the Gremlins that and every other movie!! Unless it was that bad it doesn’t need to be redone skme tjings are better left alone..