A part of the charm of Joe Dante‘s Gremlins films is how much hell the little monsters raise. They also don’t cause massive, destruction porn. If the Gremlins reboot/sequel comes to fruition, will it feel the need to compete with the huge monsters we see today?
According to the original films’ star, Zach Galligan, he’d like to see the series go in that direction — and maybe it will. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We’ve been hearing rumors of Gremlins reboot for quite some time now and while a significant portion of movie fandom would rather the Powers That Be leave this one alone, the massive success of Jurassic World seems to have galvanized everyone involved. “If one beloved franchise can get away with a sequel that is also a reboot set decades after the original film, why not Gremlins?” is the line of thinking on display.
The latest news on the project comes from Zach Galligan, the star of the first two movies. You should grab the requisite pinch of salt before reading his new statements on the subject of Gremlins 3 – this would be like asking Mark Hamill about the plot of a new Star Wars movie in 2012.
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You might remember back in September when fall was just beginning and the temperature was just beginning to drop, Mondo released a batch of slasher sweaters inspired by the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers. And now they’re getting in the Christmas spirit as well.
Mondo has just unveiled a new batch of Christmas appropriate Gremlins gear, including cardigan and scarf to go with the previously released sweater. And even though it doesn’t fit with the holiday season, they’ve also released an Iron Giant sweater that looks pretty cozy. Read More »
Cinephiles will nod their head in agreement when we say that Rick Baker is one of the most talented crew members to ever grace a film production. The rest of you may not know him by name, but I can say with absolute certainty that you’ve seen his work on the big screen, and a new tribute art show is paying honor to him by way of all the iconic creations he’s brought to cinema.
Rick Baker is a make-up and creature effects designer and artist, responsible for creating countless aliens in Star Wars and Men in Black, delivering incredible prosthetic effects for the likes of Hellboy and Harry and the Hendersons, and crafting creatures such as Gremlins. And now Trailers from Hell and Hero Complex Gallery have teamed for a Rick Baker art show with some gorgeous work paying tribute to the effects genius. Read More »
Chris Columbus wrote both Gremlins and Goonies before he segued into directing, and he is involved in reboots of both those films. Both, particularly Gremlins, have been the object of a great deal of talk for several years, with (thankfully) no concrete results to show for the development efforts.
With the new Columbus film, Pixels, hitting theaters this coming week, the director is out on the press circuit saying that both ’80s reboots are fill in full swing, at least on the development side. The good news is that the process is a very slow one, so we probably don’t have to worry about either film arriving for a while yet. Read More »
Tomorrow night kicks off Gallery 1988’s Both Sides: An Art Show Celebrating Heroes & Villains featuring artwork by Dan Mumford and Jeff Boyes, two pop culture artists we’ve featured on the site previously. The show will also feature some “cameo” artwork from Ashton Gallagher, Chet Phillips, Clark Orr, Dave Quibble, Jeffrey Everett/Rockets are Red, Ryan Binkerhoff and Sam Gilbey. Hit the jump to get a preview of some of the artwork from the show.
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While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.
In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.
We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.
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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk to writer/director Chris Columbus about his upcoming film Pixels. That full interview will be posted next week, but for now I wanted to feature a short excerpt from the interview. Columbus talked about why they are rebooting Gremlins, and what got him interested in returning to the franchise. He also discussed whether or not we might see some of the characters and actors from the original film return.
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This news answers a question that has been raised many times over the years: will there be some sort of remake or reboot of Gremlins? We’d heard just months ago that a reboot was probably dead, but things change. Now the answer to that question is “yes,” and Warner Bros. has just hired a new Gremlins remake writer. Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) will script the new take on the story of rapidly-multiplying little green monsters. Read More »
Gremlins is a property that has been on the “maybe/maybe-not” list for a reboot or remake over the last few years. As a great example of animatronic effects, the idea of seeing all-CG (or mostly-CG) gremlins isn’t very appealing, and the relatively safe tone of big-budget filmmaking now isn’t the sort that lends itself to a great new Gremlins movie.
Still, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has been attached to a project that was supposedly fast-tracked at Warner Bros. last year. We haven’t heard more about it, so what happened? Grahame-Smith says it basically “ran out of steam.” Is it too early to say “Gremlins Reboot Dead!”? Possibly, but this is good news for now. Read More »