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.
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