After years of rumors, it was finally confirmed earlier this month that a Gremlins reboot is headed our way at some point in the near future with Carl Ellsworth penning the screenplay. Today the original film’s writer speaks out, offering a mini update on the project.
In an interview with Collider, Chris Columbus unequivocally confirmed that a brand spankin’ new Gremlins film is on the fast track and that he’s very much on board. He also spoke about what we can expect from it, revealing that it’s not quite a remake.
“It is real. I am involved,” said Columbus. “When I finished Gremlins and the first Gremlins was released, I was asked to write the sequel and said there was no place else to go. Now this was before the pre-crazy-franchise-era of Hollywood where everything is a franchise. So obviously a long 30 years has passed, and I thought, ‘Okay, we can do this. We can actually find a way not to remake the first movie, but to take those characters and do something interesting.'”
“I realized, not from the Star Wars phase, but from J.J. [Abrams’] other movies, when he did Star Trek, he has a sense of taking that sort of sense of nostalgia we all want and bringing it forward like he brought Leonard Nimoy into the first Star Trek,” he continued. “And that to me was why we connected to that and it was painfully obvious when we saw the Star Wars trailer recently that when you saw Han Solo and Chewbacca, we all had tears in our eyes because we want that feeling again.”
“So I thought, ‘Okay, it’s cool.’ If we can pull it off—if we can create that feeling but deliver something new to the audience, then maybe we can do a really terrific Gremlins reboot.”
Columbus also noted that some elements from the original Gremlins film will be present in the reboot but that new elements/characters will be added to the mix. And that’s really all he’s at liberty to divulge at the moment.
More as we learn it!