When I saw this headline I was shaking my head and repeatedly uttering the word “No.” It can’t be true, can it? Sorry folks, looks like it is. Read on for all the details.
There’s been talk for a while now of reviving the Gremlins franchise via a sequel, but sadly — in my opinion — that appears to have devolved into plans for a remake.
According to MSN.com, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing the project for Warner Bros. The initial idea was a sequel to the original 1984 movie (and its under-appreciated, totally bonkers 1990 follow-up, Gremlins 2: The New Batch), but now in typical fashion any idea of creativity has been thrown out the window in favor of a rehash.
There’s no word yet on a director (I’m guessing original Gremlins and Gremlins 2 director Joe Dante won’t be invited to play), or whether Grahame-Smith will write the picture too. Truthfully, I kind of hope he doesn’t.
Why? Well, while I have not read his books “Pride and Prejudice with Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” I do know that Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay for the pretty lousy 2012 movie version of the latter. He also wrote the script for last year’s Dark Shadows remake from Tim Burton. In Hollywood logic, that should automatically qualify him to write a remake of one of the 1980s’ most beloved horror comedies, right? (He’s also written a yet-to-be-filmed Beetlejuice redux and has done some work on the new Fantastic Four script.)
Make no mistake, Gremlins is beloved, partially because the creatures, brought to life by puppetry and animatronics, had such a handmade charm to them while also being thoroughly creepy. There’s no doubt in my mind that all that will be replaced by CGI in the new film.
In case you don’t recall, the story centered on a teenager (Zach Galligan) whose father brings home a cuddly but mysterious pet called a Mogwai. There are three rules one must follow when it comes to taking care of the little critter, and when those rules are disobeyed, all hell breaks loose.
Will the new version keep the fairly nasty tone of the original? Who knows? Only time will tell. What do you think? Should there be a Gremlins remake?
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