GREMLINS: Little Monsters Originally Massacred A McDonald’s

The other day, original Gremlins writer Chris Columbus teased Gremlins 3 is still in the works. And the creatures will NOT be CGI. Now today, Columbus talked a bit more about his original “hard R” script for the film. And it’s McDonald’s massacre.

He tells Collider: “ I wrote it as a straightforward horror film. Hard R, mom’s head comes rolling down the stairs, Billy and Kate go into a McDonald’s and none of the food is eaten but all of the people are eaten (laughs). So it was very dark.”

So what happened to his original “straightforward horror” version?

He says: “I was a young writer and I was like a kid in a candy store getting to work with Steven Spielberg, and he steered me into – he said, ‘This needs to reach a wider audience.’ He goes, ‘What you’ve done could be great, but it’s an R-rated horror film. There’s a way that what you’ve written can reach a much wider audience.’ So we worked on several drafts of the script.

RELATED: GREMLINS 3 Writer Promise Little Monsters Will Be Tangible Puppets

This update comes on the heels of Columbus promising the Gremlins 3 will use tangible puppets instead of CGI: “I would love to do [Gremlins 3]. I wrote a script, so there is an existing script. We’re working out some rights issues right now, so we’re just trying to figure out when the best time to make that film would be. I would still do it the same way – I would do it as tangible puppets, not CGI… We had one stop-motion scene in the first Gremlins, but I don’t think I’d use much CGI in Gremlins 3.”

Gremlins begins when a gadget salesman looking for a special gift for his son finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper warns him to never expose the mogwai to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

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