It seems that a remake of the 1984 horror comedy Gremlins has been given not only the green light by Warner Bros, its been put on the fast track.
Word of the remake came from Ain’t It Cool News, along with a report of the Goonies sequel that was announced yesterday. They didn’t give much to go on, only mentioning the Gremlins at the end:
I enjoyed THE GOONIES when I was a kid, but I don’t have much use for it now as an adult; it’s basically an extended OUR GANG short minus the endless racism. One film from that period that I still adore, however, is GREMLINS, and I’m told a remake of Joe Dante’s film is also moving quickly at WB. Good times.
The possibility of a Gremlins remake has been floating around Hollywood for awhile now. The last major announcement for the project was the attachment of Seth Grahame-Smith, best known as author of the New York Times best-selling novels Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as producer and likely screenwriter.
It’s not known at this time if Grahame-Smith is still involved in the Gremlins remake, or if the reins have been passed on.
Joe Dante, director of both Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, talked to Bloody Disgusting in September of 2012 about the possibility and status of a remake:
I haven’t had any formal talks, or even informal talks, with them about it. It’s a title in their library that sooner or later will be re-exploited. You can’t obviously do a sequel to the second picture because the cast is too old and I don’t know that that’s the way they’re thinking. I think they’d probably reboot the whole thing and start all over or go in a different direction – take the Gremlins someplace else.
I do know that there have been attempts at Gremlins pictures. I know that people have gone in with pitches, but nothing has caught their eye. But I’m not positive that it’s entirely Warner Brothers’ decision. Because it’s an Amblin project, it probably has to be signed off on by Spielberg.
I think sooner or later there will be something, I just don’t know what it is yet.
With news of not only a Goonies sequel and another Police Academy film, but now another entry in the all-too-short Gremlins franchise it appears that, even after a quarter of a century, the 80s just aren’t ready to die.
As always, news of the remake has sparked various responses.
@TheMikeSnyder I’m up for a Gremlins remake. Goonies sequel, not so much.
— Peter Georgiou (@Peterg_TMT) April 7, 2014
— The Chronicle (@TheAFChronicle) April 7, 2014
Apparently Warner Bros. is trying to get a reboot of Gremlins going. Oh no.
— Mike (@MikeMalgieri) April 6, 2014