In this time of taking the beloved movies of our past and remaking every single one of them (some successfully; most in painfully failing fashion), it goes with all common logic that the titles that aren’t being remade, would go ahead and make a sequel. After years of talking about a third Ghostbusters movie that we assumed would never come, it’s officially in motion; and now comes word that the sometimes talked about Gremlins 3 may be on the way, as well.
As we all know, Gremlins is about little creatures called Mogwai that have strict rules against sunlight, feeding them after midnight, and getting them wet. Breaking these rules can either kill them, or cause a terrifying transformation into little green monsters that will terrorize whoever them come into contact with. The first film is a classic in which the creatures destroy a little town at Christmas, while the sequel was a little less classic and had them taking over a gigantic business complex along with new, genetically mutated Gremlins who can speak and fly.
Both creator Chris Columbus, and director Joe Dante chimed in on word that the movie might take place.
Here’s what Dante had to say about it all:
I hear they’re going to make another one soon. I can see why – it would be stupid to let that title go to waste. The actors from the first two are too old to do a proper sequel, so I’m sure when the new one arrives it will be a remake of the original.
Here’s Columbus’s take:
I haven’t heard about it. If they do the monsters with CGI, I don’t know if it would be the same. They should go back and do it with puppets again, though at this point I wouldn’t be interested in being involved.
While the original actors are much, much older now, it’s not like they’re doing anything at the moment. I don’t see why they couldn’t still try and get them for a new movie, and it would definitely do better than a remake would likely do — especially because, as these gentlemen explained, a remake likely means CGI use. Whether they go and get a new cast, or they go and get the old cast doesn’t matter at all; what matter is: if they make the Gremlins CGI, the movie will be loathed, and it will fail.
I can honestly say if they stepped away from lazy-ass Hollywood and actually put a little f’n effort into making another Gremlins movie with the fantastic puppets and animatronics we’ve seen in previous movies, I would actually be interested in seeing what they came up with. CGI, however, is a complete, and utter disgrace to the franchise. That would be like John McClane himself not swearing! Blasphemy!
We can all hope that they make the correct decision here.