Warner Moves forward with the Gremlins Reboot
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has hired screenwriter Carl Ellsworth to pen the reboot of Gremlins. No stranger to horror, Ellsworth has previously drafted the remake of The Last House on the Left, Red Dawn, Disturbia, and the upcoming Goosebumps.
Another film in the fan-favorite franchise has been on and off in development for years, with a previous draft being written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abrahama Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), but as of yet nothing has materialized. The outlet also notes that the original film’s screenwriter, Chris Columbus, was previously in talks to direct, but that is no longer the case. Instead he’ll produce along with the original film’s executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The original 1984 classic Gremlins was directed by Joe Dante and has become infamous for being one of the films “responsible” for the creation of the MPAA’s PG-13 rating. It also became a box office smash, bringing in over $150 million domestically and making way for a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. A farcical meta-take on the mischievous creatures, the sequel didn’t replicate the box office success of its predecessor but has managed to garner a cult following. [via ComingSoon.net]
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. Unlike the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.
Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. The film stars Zach Galliganand Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this and to similar complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alter its rating system, which it did within two months of the film’s release.