We have just learned via ComicBook.Com that the long gestated next installment in the Gremlins series will not be a remake. Zach Galligan (star of the first two Gremlins films) was on hand at a screening of the 1984 film at Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square and he told the crowd that the upcoming next installment will absolutely not be a remake, but a proper sequel to the first film.
“It’s not going to be a reboot,” Galligan said. “It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade. So the only thing they will be, and apparently are going to be doing, is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later.”
“All of the elements from the first, at least the first Gremlins movie — Chris Columbus didn’t really have much to do with the second Gremlins movie so I don’t know how he feels about that — but all of the things and events that happened in the first one will be referred to. And apparently some of the characters from the first one will reappear in the new one they are planning right now. I swear on my life, I don’t know if I’m in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I’m one of the few people left standing from the first movie.”
Warner Brothers has tapped Carl Ellsworth, the Goosebumps feature film, to pen the screenplay. The original feature was scripted by Columbus and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, with Joe Dante at the helm. In addition to Columbus, Spielberg is also reportedly on board to produce the reboot. No official word on who will direct at this juncture.
Gremlins tells the story of a teenage boy who receives an adorable Mogwai named Gizmo as a gift. Along with the present, he is given three important rules: Do not get him wet, do not feed him after midnight, and do not expose him to bright light. Of course, the rules are broken and Gizmo spawns a colony of relatives that make all kinds of violent mischief for the entire town.