Rumors of a Gremlins remake have been circulating for about a year now, and just as the public seems to be losing hope, Zach Galligan has come forth and announced that plans are indeed still underway. In fact, the star of the first two movies went so far as to advise that it is not just a remake or reboot, but an actual sequel that we can look forward to.
The classic cult horror/comedy that is Gremlins had a a sold-out screening in London at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday night, and it seems having survived the first two films, Galligan would be more than willing to dive into the upcoming one. The 51-year-old American actor played main star Billy Peltzer, and though he says he’s not really sure if he would be cast since he is one of the few remaining members of the original cast still around, he hopes they will consider it. At the Q&A section of the screening, Zach was adamant that the new movie will be a sequel and not a remake, as was previously speculated.
“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.”
The film originally came out in 1984 and followed up with a sequel in 1990. Chris Columbus, who wrote the script for the first movie, but did not play a part in the second film, confirmed that he will be a part of the third installment of the movie franchise. Columbus confirmed in April that he will be the producer for the Gremlins 3 film. According to BBC News, earlier this year, reports circulated that Goosebumps writer Carl Ellsworth was commissioned to write the script for the new Gremlins film and that, along with Christ Columbus as the producer, Steven Spielberg would also be joining the crew.
Chris said that he was approached with an idea that gave a very interesting new take on the Gremlins storyline, something that is a complete re-imagining and not a remake.
The premise for the original Gremlins movie centered around an adorable fuzzy pet and friend acquired by Galligan’s character in an antique store in Chinatown. The creature is called a Mogwai and is given the name Gizmo. He came with some very strict instructions, the most adamant of which was not to feed him after midnight, an order that is soon disobeyed to the horror of everyone in the story. Gizmo spawns some pretty terrifying monsters who proceed to reign hell on human kind in the film.
According to E! Online, the second Gremlins film was worse that the first. The sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, depicted a Gremlin takeover of New York city’s skyscrapers when, once more, instructions for the Mogwai’s care are disregarded.
Chris Columbus will reportedly be bringing back all the elements from the first Gremlins movie. Galligan advised the audience that even though some of the characters from the first film will reappear in the new one, plans are that the new movie will be different.
Zach Galligan went on to express his hope that the film would not be bogged down by CGI effects or, if absolutely necessary, they will be as seamless as that used in Planet of the Apes. The former Gremlins star also mentioned that, in his opinion, the film franchise has only grown in popularity since the original movie premiered.
“In some ways [Gremlins is] bigger now than it was back then due to the internet. It seems to still speak to people across the years. I think that’s because the film’s not very date specific.”
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