It seems that the Gremlins are finally going to return [puppets please, not CGI], with the writer of the first film Chris Columbus producing. I guess it’s every fan’s dream that Joe Dante, whose The Hole was certainly good but who hasn’t had a major studio picture since Looney Tunes: Back In Action [which was derided at the time and not much of a success at the box office either though I rather enjoyed it], will return, though it seems that he hasn’t been asked yet. As Matt Wavish reported a few days ago, star of the first two films Zach Galligan, who will probably be appearing in the third, recently said of the new film:
“It’s not going to be a reboot. 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. I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s just a reinvention of it.”
Years ago, Galligan apparently wrote a treatment for the third film, and in an interview with IGN, he shared an idea of his:
“Do you know what a fractal is? A fractal is when you have one thing that’s a piece, and when you put them together it makes an entire piece. So if you had a little baby pyramid and you put other pyramids together you’d make one big pyramid. So the gremlins [would] all mass together and form one huge gremlin. Kind of like a Godzilla-sized one that bursts out of London knocking over Big Ben and stuff like that”.
This sounds awesome, and with the success of the recent Godzilla, plus a new King Kong movie coming up, is nice and timely, though perhaps more as a final act for the film so we can still see the Gremlins being the creatures that we love. And of course it was done, kind of, in Critters 2.
All we really know for sure so far is that Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Columbus are producing the film, and Carl Ellsworth [Goosebumps] is writing the script.