‘Gremlins’ Remake Moving Forward; ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Writer to Produce

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If E.T. is Steven Spielberg’s optimistic representation of suburban life in the 1980s, then Poltergeist and Gremlins – both of which Spielberg produced (in addition to co-writing the former) – reflect the filmmaker’s concerns about the dangerous side of white picket fences and middle-class American consumerism. These movies are the stuff of childhood nightmares, even for a generation that grew up watching pretty crazy kids films (by today’s standards, anyway).

Poltergeist is receiving a facelift, courtesy of director Gil Kenan (Monster House) and producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead). Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has been deciding between making a Gremlins 3(D) or remaking director Joe Dante’s original 1984 movie; though, earlier this year, reports emerged suggesting that WB is leaning heavily towards the remake option (big shock, we know).

Bloody Disgusting, which has the exclusive on this story, is reporting that WB is now “officially moving ahead” with a Gremlins remake/reboot. The studio has been negotiating with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to resurrect the kids movie property – which became a franchise, after Dante released an even more bleakly-comical sequel titled Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990.

This update suggests that a deal has finally been struck out after, literally, years of rumors that claimed the Gremlins remake is just around the corner. In addition, BD is reporting that Seth Grahame-Smith has been tapped to produce alongside his Katzsmith Productions partner, David Katzenberg.

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Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are producing the ‘Gremlins’ remake

Smith wrote the horror/history mashup Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on his novel) and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows movie. However, it’s not clear yet whether Smith is going to both produce and write the Gremlins remake – like what he’s doing on Beetlejuice 2 (assuming the belated horror-comedy sequel actually happens) – or just produce with Katzenberg, which is what the duo are doing on filmmaker Cary Fukunaga’s two-part cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s It novel.

Surprisingly, Fox hired Smith to revise the script for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie reboot. That’s despite the author-turned screenwriter having earned bad grades from critics for his previous feature-length scripts, which then gave rise to weak box office returns (not a good combination). Nonetheless, as an author, Smith has found success by mixing together satirical comedy and creature horror (see: his Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel).

What are you feelings about Gremlins receiving the remake treatment? Are you down with Smith both producing and handling scripting duties, or would you prefer that another screenwriter be recruited for the job? Let us know in the comments section.


Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. i hope they aint doingthis just for the merch… id hate to see a cult classic like gremlins turn into a kids movie so they can just release toys.

    im excited, as long as they keep it in the same direction as the original and less like the sequel. just a comedy. but we’ll see

    • Here Here

  2. Not too happy bout a reboot but if it gets Hasbro to make a Gizmo Furby then I’m happy!

  3. I’d be interested in Joe Dante’s Gremlins 3D. But that’s it. No CG please

  4. “There is a great disturbance in the force.”

    Gremlins scared the s*** out of me as a kid. I remember seeing it in theaters with my aunt.

    Kinda mixed on this one my self.

  5. @mark 100% agree with u ..
    No CGI gremlins plez

  6. Meh! Another uncalled for reboot. Glad I own the original and can watch that anytime.

  7. Why? The original was great. Don’t muck it up!

  8. Flaming love gremlins, I’m happy for a remake as long as the female leads father dies in a chimney dressed as Santa on Christmas morning, also I’d like to see an old lady fly up an out of an out of control stairlift, and I will definitely need the same soundtrack ” yah yah yah yah yah yah, yah yah yah yah yah” classic stuff!

  9. I’m happy for a remake I love those little guys, but I will need the leading ladies father to die stuck in a chimney dressed as Santa on Christmas morning, also I need to watch an out of control stairlift throw an old lady through the roof , and I definitely need that theme tune again “yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah” brilliant!!

  10. Prepare for the upcoming “darker and more realistic Nolanesque” quotes in the near future.

    • *snicker*

  11. Fun fact: It was partially because of Gremlins and Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom that they instituted the PG-13 rating.

    • Fun Fact: My mom was one of those angry moms that Gremlins was PG.

      • Yeah they were all up in arms over some of those scenes, the good old days….

    • I thought it was Spaceballs that caused PG-13

    • That explains why my mom took me to that as a child. I thought she was just a bad parent, but it turns out it was the MPAA’s fault.

  12. Grahame-Smith has become the bane of the dark comedy world. He can’t write worth a damn. -.-

  13. Yeesh, we are treading DANGEROUSLY close to a Back to the Furure remake in terms of untouchable 80′s classics…

    • Hear here.

  14. Loved these movies even though they were the only ones to give me nightmares as a kid…

    • same here. even though its years before my time i was still scared as a kid and i can even remember the first time i watched it so it had an impact on me and ive always loved it since.

      they need to make it like the first and not like the second but i have a feeling that wont happen.

  15. Just Dont!!! There are movies that are not meant to be touched again. This are instant classics and will always be! Leave them alone. This is just proof that Hollywood is out of ideas and new comers (directors and writers) don’t have imagination of their own. They need to take other ideas and make it their own.

    • Totally correct.

      Hollywood has been creatively bankrupt for years now.

  16. I’d rather see Gremlins 3 personally…. But thats just me. Short Circuit is getting remade also. I see a Will Smith ‘I-Robot’ type Johnny 5 in our future.

    • News for that Short Circuit remake has been MIA for over a year now.

  17. Ugh, why can’t they leave the good movies alone? It’s like having a bad singer singing classic songs. :(

    • I can see it now…”Justin Bieber remakes pink floyd’s the Wall. Rihanna to cover The Who’s Tommy.”

      I don’t want to live in that world :(

  18. Oh boy. I’m guessing they’ll use lame CG gremlins. Though I grind my teeth at this, I really hope this turns out well. Just keep the dark-yet-comical tone. The original didn’t care if children got scared.

  19. I want this to be awesome. I hope it will be awesome. But I think with the overuse of CG, it might take the fun out of the movie.

  20. “Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Off To Work We Go”

  21. no, no, no, no, NO!!!!!!!! leave this series alone its fine how it is, go away!!! turn around and leave!!!

  22. why a remake just do gremlins 3 it would work so much better!!!

  23. You just know the gremlins and mogwai are going to be CGI.. That instantly removes the charm of the originals and it then becomes just another soulless cashgrab.

    Remakes/reboots/re-imaginings are getting out of hand.. scratch that… they ARE out of hand.

  24. Dear god no
    Don’t ruin it

  25. no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

  26. Please! No! They absolutely butchered Abraham Lincoln VH, the book was so damn good but the movie was nowhere close to canon and made me want my money back after viewing! Don’t wreck another classic!

    • While I agree that the film was a terrible adaptation of the book, I feel it is my duty to inform you that the author of the book, Grahame-Smith, wrote the screenplay to the movie so, there’s no one to blame but himself.

  27. Leave a classic movie like the Gremlins alone please! Just say no to a remake!

  28. No CGI gremlins. Gizmo is awesome the way he is. Bring back Stripe. I’d also appreciate any current pop references, something that reflects the zeitgeist of today, I think that it would be hilarious to see a bunch of gremlins do the Harlem shake. Or to see Gizmo accidentally get into a liquor cabinet, and come to, with a hangover while the lyrics “wake up in the morning brush my teeth with Jack” can be heard from Ke$ha’s hit song, as he grabs a pair of shades to put on. Honestly that little guy is cute but always gets into something. And somewhere in the movie, I will expect Gremlins to sing to the tune of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and be just as mischievous, gruesome, and hilarious as they were in the first two movies.