As Hollywood studios continue to search for well-known ’80s franchises to dust off, Joe Dante’s Gremlins has come up a few times in recent years, thanks in part to a BT Business commercial that aired in 2008. A couple of years ago there were reports that Gremlins 3 was being explored as a possible 3-D blockbuster but it didn’t seem to get beyond the idea stage. Last year producer Frank Marshall stated in an interview that he didn’t think another Gremlins flick would happen and that the existing movies “should just rest where they are.” Well, perhaps he spoke too soon because this week we’re hearing that a Gremlins movie is on the verge of heading back in development, and this time around it won’t be a sequel, but rather a reboot.
According to Vulture, Warner Brothers is currently holding talks with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment about the possibility of rebooting Gremlins. We know that Gremlins can’t be remade without Amblin’s permission and that some previous attempts failed because they could not meet Spielberg’s demands (financial or otherwise). However, word on the street is that the deal may be a lot closer to happening this time.
It’s interesting that yet another Spielberg-related project has popped up on the radar following the news that Robopocalypse was put on hold. Unlike Jurassic Park 4, he only executive produced the original so it seems unlikely that he would want to direct this himself. However, it’s definitely possible that he would want to retain some form of involvement. Are you interested in a Gremlins reboot or does this sound like a bad idea?