A couple of updates on that Gremlins reboot (or whatever it is) today: Original writer and producer Chris Columbus wants fans to know that the upcoming, long-developing film is not a remake, and confirms that they have indeed hired Goosebumps writer Carl Ellsworth to pen another draft of the script. Meanwhile, original Gremlins director Joe Dante assures fans that he is not involved in this new version at all — and he doesn’t seem very happy about it happening, either.
What are we to make of ‘Pixels,’ the big budget feature adaptation of a cute short film that made the internet rounds a few years back? On one hand, it’s a cute premise. But it stars Adam Sandler. It’s the next film by Chris Columbus, who has made his fair share of amusing family adventures. But it stars Adam Sandler. It features the acting talents of the great Peter Dinklage and the often funny Josh Gad. But it stars Adam Sandler. However, these new posters for the film don’t feature Sandler’s name or face, so consider this a good start.
With so many comedy hits of the past getting supposed follow ups ('Ghostbusters 3,' the 'Twins' sequel 'Triplets') it's no surprise that 'Mrs. Doubtfire 2' is being prepped, with both star Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus set to return for more cross-dressing hijinks.
Currently there are three Sherlock Holmes-based TV and movie franchises going strong. There's 'Elementary,' which is coming to CBS, there's the BBC 'Sherlock' and the Robert Downey Jr.-headed 'Sherlock Holmes' movies. Paramount has seen that the game is afoot, and is talking to Chris Columbus about rebooting his script for 'Young Sherlock Holmes.'
Chris Columbus, known for decades as a director who strikes terror and fear into the hearts of moviegoers (kidding) is going to produce and direct a movie that's a bit out of the family friendly zone he's normally accustomed to.