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Gremlins director Joe Dante has joined the HBO Max Gremlins animated series

February 25th, 2020 by Marc Comments

The animated Gremlins prequel series, Secrets of the Mogwai,  for HBO Max has just scored a consultant that will really know the source material

Director of the original Gremlins movie, Joe Dante, has signed on to the show to help ensure it stays true to the vision he helped create all those years ago in 1984.

 “I’m consulting on it…It’s good,” says Dante.

“It’s going to be good, yeah. I’m very pleased with the way it’s going.”

Going to to confirm much of what we already know about the series, he talks a bit more about where it’s set and what it will be about: “It’s a prequel. [It] goes back to the character Mr. Wing when he was a boy, and when he first discovered the Mogwai. It’s set in China in the ’20s, and it’s animated and it’s very big in the sense that if you tried to shoot it as a theatrical film, it would be outrageously expensive. But in animation, you kind of get away with almost anything you can think of.”

I am such a big fan of the original – not so much Joe Dante’s sequel –  and to hear it’ll be more in the tone of the original means I have a little more excitement for this series and will definitely be tuning in when it arrives next year.

What say you all? Are you ready or more Gremlins or do you think enough is enough? Let me know your thoughts…


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….