Gremlins appears to be the next classic franchise lining up to get the reboot treatment. Bloody Disgusting reports that Warner Bros will be looking to hit the proverbial F5 button on the popular franchise, rather than continue on with a long-belated third film, as persistent rumors used to tout.
Beginning with the extremely successful summer 1984 Steven Spielberg-produced effort, the popular comedic horror franchise was followed in 1990 with a less-lucrative, but far quirkier, meta-inspired, (and some may argue superior) sequel. Now, some three decades after it first hit theaters (not to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) the diminutive demonic green-skinned creatures who were once cute little furballs that dared to eat after midnight will return in a far more advanced cinematic era beyond the puppetry that brought them to life. While no director (or stars, for that matter,) was named, author/screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith who seems to have a finger in many genre pies these days has been procured as a producer, along with David Katzenberg.
Grahame-Smith has penned genre-bending novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the film adaptation is on tap) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which did not translate well to the big screen last year,) as well as the script for Tim Burton's remake of classic horror soap, Dark Shadows. He will surely add his talent for nuance and satire to this fan-fave of a franchise from the heyday of legwarmers, Jheri curls, and Thriller jackets. It will be interesting to see if all the bells and whistles of today's filmmaking process will benefit what made Gremlins such a crowd-pleaser back in the day. -- If not, then moviegoers may stay away from this reboot the way Gizmo stays away from bright light.