by: S. Scott Stanikmas
If you’re a fan of Gremlins (like I am), the thought of a reboot is a polarizing one. While I’d like to see more of the Mogwai and their sinister counterparts again I am sick to death of reboots that don’t live up to the original.
Recently /Film got to talk to Chris Columbus, writer of the original 1984 film, and asked him about the upcoming reboot to the franchise and his involvement. He did say that he was returning as a producer and more:
I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s a, it’s just a reinvention of it.
Columbus was apparently very stingy with details on the film (which is totally understandable) but did say how the latest work from J.J. Abrams in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes influenced the decisions made for the new Gremlins movie:
Maybe. I mean, one thing I learned from the Star Wars trailer is — and actually, we knew this all along and J.J.’s been doing it and really doing it effectively, beautifully is touching into that emotional connection we have with our past. And he did it with Star Trek, just by casting Leonard Nimoy in that role in that movie, and really having that connection. So when I saw the Star Wars trailer and saw Chewie and Han Solo at the end of the trailer, I was, it was emotional. And that’s what everybody wanted for the past 30 years. We had wanted that. So for me, I would wanna get involved if we could create some sort of emotional connection even though it’s a new story.
That sounds pretty cool. I dug how J.J. did Star Trek, rebooting the franchise while not really doing a complete reboot and throwing away all the films that had come before it. I’m a little more willing to give this a shot now.
In sadder news, original director Joe Dante has confirmed that he is not involved in any way with the new film.
While at the Riviera Maya Film Festival, Dante was asked if he was onboard for the upcoming flick. “No, because I don’t own the project,” he said. “It’s owned by other people.”
Hopefully we’re not disappointed by this future incarnation of the Gremlins franchise. We’ll post more news as it becomes available.