When I was young, there were two movies which I adored above all others. One was The Goonies, and the other was Gremlins. They both came out in the mid-80s, just at the time I was discovering the joy of movies. It also coincided with the era that we got a VCR so I could watch the films over and over again. Much to my parents chagrin.
Recent months have brought speculation over a sequel to The Goonies, with a possible remake or a direct sequel which would see the children of the original characters coming together for their own adventure. Now, there is speculation that there could be a new Gremlins movie as well, although whether this would be a remake of the original or Gremlins 3 is unclear.
In fact, it’s unclear whether this is even a goer or not. The news that it could be happening comes from an interview Joe Dante, the director of the original movie and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, gave to Empire Online. He said:
“I hear they’re going to make another one soon. I can see why – it would be stupid to let that title go to waste. The actors from the first two are too old to do a proper sequel, so I’m sure when the new one arrives it will be a remake of the original.”
Meanwhile, Chris Columbus, who wrote the original movie, said:
“I haven’t heard about it. If they do the monsters with CGI, I don’t know if it would be the same. They should go back and do it with puppets again, though at this point I wouldn’t be interested in being involved.”
So Columbus wouldn’t want in anyway, but he’d prefer they did it with puppets if anything. And I kind of agree because the magic can sometimes be lost when CGI is overly used, and I think that would be the case with a Gremlins remake or sequel. That is, of course, if it gets made in the first place. Which clearly isn’t anywhere near to being confirmed.