So we’ve known a new Gremlins was coming for a while and, like Ghostbusters, Point Break and Big Trouble In Little China, we were under the impression it was to be yet another reboot (here) but it seems that may not be the case at all…
Original star of the first two movies, Zach Galligan, has gone on record with Yahoo! as saying that Chris Columbus, the man behind the originals along with Joe Dante, is adamant that the remake will not happen: “Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade.
“So the only thing they will be – and apparently are going to be – doing is something along the lines of like ‘Jurassic World’, where it will be 30 years later.”
This is great news… there’s no reason why, if written properly, the movie can’t continue the story AND introduce it to a new audience who – hopefully – will then go and track down the originals. However, it seems Galligan isn’t sure if he’ll be back: “I swear on my life, I don’t know if I’m in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I’m one of the few people left standing from the first movie.”
“Hopefully they won’t use too much CGI, or the CGI will be really good like the ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies, and hopefully we’ll have some practical effects too.”
“It seems to still speak to people across the years. I think that’s because the film’s not very date specific. My hairstyle is maybe the most dated thing in the movie.”
This makes us bery happy – the first movie (and, to many, the second too) is an utter classic and it shows proper respect to the originals to bring the stoy back rather than reboot it.
Well played, Columbus, well played.