Reboots of Gremlins and Goonies have been in the works for so long, that we tend to tune out the myriad “updates” as they happen. Each movie has gone in and out of development hell so many times over the past few years — It’s finally happening!....Nevermind, it’s dead. — it’s very easy to wonder if either of these films will ever actually happen. We caught up with director Chris Columbus, the original writer of both films, and asked him straight up: Do you really think either of those movies are ever going to happen? And, as the Goonies would say, never say die.
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.
Last we heard, the Gremlins remake/sequel/reboot/whatever was dead, and there was much rejoicing in the land of movie nerds, and we all quickly forgot the nightmare that could have happened. If you were against the idea of a new Gremlins movie, we have bad news for you: it’s still very much happening as a new writer has been hired to replace Seth-Grahame Smith.
A lot of your favorite 80s classics have been rebooted or remade into not-so-classics. It's the unfortunate state of the movie business. But, today, we get one back. The proposed ‘Gremlins’ remake, that was on the “fast track” as recently as this past April, may be as dead as a Gremlin in a hot tub.
It's been a while since we reported anything new about the 'Gremlins' reboot over at Warner Bros., but apparently someone's been feeding the execs over there after midnight because sources say it's not only still happening -- it's been put on the fast track. Hide your Mogwais, the 'Gremlins' are coming.
In keeping with the plan to remake every single 80s movie that you ever liked, Warner Bros. is moving ahead with the 'Gremlins' remake. To help keep the quality of the reboot on part with the Steven Spielberg-produced original, the studio has brought in...the guy who wrote 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?'
For the last couple years we've seen almost all of the classic horror films of the 1970's and 80's get the remake treatment. 'Gremlins' was one of the rare holdouts, but it looks like its defenses are failing as the latest rumors suggest we may get a new 'Gremlins' film.