Many moviegoers may have forgotten just how huge and influential the original Gremlins was when it was first released in 1984. In addition to being a box-office smash, Gremlins was actually one of two films — the other being Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — that were released with a PG rating which caused the MPAA to come up with the PG-13 rating. A Steven Spielberg-produced film, the Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates-starring Gremlins tells the story of a young man who receives a mogwai as a Christmas present. The fuzzy creature comes with a specific set of rules that can never be broken, and, of course, the boy breaks them. What results is the birth of the gremlins, dozens of demon-like creatures that cause mischief, death, and destruction.
Chris Columbus was the writer of the original Gremlins, though he is probably better known for having gone on to direct the first three wildly successful Harry Potter films.
According to Joblo.com, the Gremlins reboot is reportedly being scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith, and will be produced by Chris Columbus, Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg. They are also reporting that Steven Spielberg will again be involved with the Gremlins reboot in some capacity.
According to Slashfilm, the new Gremlins film won’t just be a retelling of the same story, but rather a sequel of sorts, acknowledging the original film.
When Chris Columbus was asked about a possible Gremlins reboot a few years ago, he said he thought that Gremlins would be “fun to go back and revisit.” However, he also expressed concern about the reboot being too heavy on CGI effects.
“I think it’s impossible to recreate [‘Gremlins’] in a CGI environment. I think it will inevitably lose some of its charm. Those are edgy Muppets in a sense and you don’t want to lose that sense of anarchy that those gremlins had, because behind the scenes are 25 puppeteers making them come to life.”
Chris Columbus is no stranger to reboots. The Gremlins writer has been attached to a Goonies remake, as well as the much ballyhooed Mrs. Doubtfire sequel.
Zach Galligan, star of the original Gremlins, has expressed interest in being a part of the new film, but no casting details have as yet been released.
No director has yet been attached to the new Gremlins film.