Given how movie studios continually mine familiar properties for new sequels and remakes, it’s no surprise that there’s a push at Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins movie. What is a surprise is that we haven’t seen one yet. A new film is in development now — reportedly a sequel, rather than a reboot — but new Gremlins films have been in development before and never gone anywhere. Now Joe Dante, who directed both the original film and its very cartoonish sequel, talks about the complications of making a new Gremlins film, even as he admits that he’s not at all involved. Read More »
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In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
UPDATE: We’ve heard from our good sources that the new Gremlins movie won’t be a remake, but a sequel-style reboot set 30 years after the original. Original post follows.
Chris Columbus may be going back to his roots. A new report indicates that he’s set to produce both the Gremlins remake and the Goonies sequel, having written the screenplays for the originals. Hit the jump for all the details.
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The poster for Joe Dante‘s Gremlins is classic. I use to even have a gigantic french version of the one-sheet on my wall in my old /Film office. Despite that, I never noticed this fun little easter egg on the poster painted by legendary poster artist John Alvin. /Film reader Paul Bullock alerted me to this hidden tribute to producer Steven Spielberg. Can you see it? Uncover the Gremlins poster easter egg now, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Everyone wants to make a sequel in this edition of Sequel Bits. It’s just that some of these sequels are less theoretical than others. After the jump:
- Eva Green responds to her Sin City poster rejection
- Sean Astin feels optimistic about The Goonies 2
- Zach Galligan wants in on the Gremlins reboot
- Angelina Jolie will “maybe” play Maleficent again
- Insurgent adds Daniel Dae Kim and two others
- Fast & Furious 7 welcomes musician Romeo Santos
- Vin Diesel and Jordana Brewster get close in a new pic
- Get your groove on with a new Step Up All In trailer
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Every once in a while, Mondo will surprise fans with the announcement that they’re bringing a whole bunch of new posters to a regional convention. In the past, Texas Frightmare Weekend has had that honor. This year, it’s happening again. Mondo is showing up at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, which runs May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth. The crew is bringing all new posters for Gremlins, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and Creepshow. Check them all out below, as well as a George Romero action figure. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s 2014 out here in the real world, but apparently it’s 1980-something over at Warner Bros. Following this weekend’s news that a Goonies sequel was on the way, we’ve learned that a Gremlins remake is also on the fast track. Hit the jump for more details.
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Briefly: The talk of a Gremlins sequel has turned to talk of a remake, and now we’ve got one person who is reportedly shepherding the film through the Warner Bros. machine. Seth Grahame-Smith, creator of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the screenwriter of Dark Shadows, has been given the reigns to the remake.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Grahame-Smith is working alongside David Katzenberg. There aren’t any details yet about what they’ll do with the story, which originally told of a young man whose father gives him an unusual creature as a present. Trouble is, the creature has rules, and breaking them leads to an infestation of intelligent, demented beasts with a taste for mayhem.
There also is no word on how the Gremlins will be realized. The original film was a product of the pre-CGI era, and featured wonderful puppet and animatronic work. If the remake goes into production, it will likely use, at the very least, a blend of puppets and CGI. In other words, we don’t know much about the remake, but what we do know isn’t making it seem like a great idea.
Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite persistent rumors of another sequel, the Gremlins franchise has somehow managed to stay clear of the current craze of remaking / rebooting / sequelizing old movies. Last year, producer Frank Marshall said that he thought the films should be left alone, and that a remake was unlikely to ever get made. Fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief, and went about their business.
But Hollywood can get very stubborn when it comes to a franchise as fondly remembered as Gremlins is, and so Warner Bros. is now pushing hard for reboot rights. Worse still, there actually seems to be a chance that Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment will hand them over. Where’s a bright light when you need one? More details after the jump.
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