Those who dream of enjoying the antics of adorable Gizmo and his more sinister siblings once more, take heart, because Warner Bros. is again moving forward with their Gremlins remake. Previously we had heard WB were fast-tracking both this remake and Goonies 2, but since then both projects appeared to lose steam.
That latest update from writer Seth Grahame-Smith – who was previously attached to the Gremlins reboot – gave his and producers Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus’ busy schedules as reason for the delay. Now, however, it appears WB is moving forward without Smith, instead tapping Goosebumps‘ screenwriter Carl Ellsworth to write the Gremlins remake.
Ellsworth, whose involvement with the Gremlins remake was reported by Deadline, is best known for penning the screenplays for thrillers Red Eye and Disturbia, as well as the aforementioned Goosebumps adaptation (coming this fall). He also wrote the remakes of The Last House on the Left and Red Dawn, which means he’s not only a writer familiar with the horror genre, but has experience with remaking cult classics.
Whether or not this makes Ellsworth the perfect choice for a Gremlins reboot remains to be seen. Goosebumps will provide an opportunity to see what Ellsworth can do with a property that is more silly than spooky, but still includes plenty of scary characters. Plus, given he’s just finished with Goosebumps, this likely means WB isn’t interested in giving Gremlins a gritty reboot, but something closer to the original’s tone.
Spielberg and Columbus are still on board as producers, and Deadline mentions there’s a chance Columbus – who wrote the original – could direct. But again, considering Columbus was reportedly too busy only a few months ago and that’s why progress stalled, this seems really unlikely.
The last time Columbus spoke about the project publicly was five years ago. At that time he had mostly doubts over CGI being used to create the mogwai, citing that the medium wouldn’t serve the inherit “anarchy” of the creatures as well as having puppeteers physically bringing them to life. However, nothing has ever been officially stated one way or another about if the remake would rely on CGI or puppets, or a combination of both.
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